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Doctor insights on: Sunscreen Medication

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Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?

Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?

No: No, topical medications should not affect mental health, other than improve it when symptoms they are treating are improving. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put on sunscreen then put on the acne medication benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?

Is it safe to put on sunscreen then put on the acne medication benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?

Sunscreen: Typically it is best to apply sunscreen after any and all topical medications. Applying medications over sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of the sunscreen putting your skin at risk for sun damage. It is perfectly fine to apply medications and then sunscreen as this order will not disrupt the effectiveness of the topical medications. ...Read more

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Does sunscreen expire?

Does sunscreen expire?

Yes: Sunscreens have a shelf life of three years. After this, they start to lose their stability and efficacy. You should see an expiration date on your bottle of sunscreen and should use it before that date. If you don't see an expiration date, write the month and year you purchased it on the bottle and toss after three years. Do not use any sunscreen that has become lumpy or has turned an odd color. ...Read more

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What is the best sunscreen?

What is the best sunscreen?

Sunscreen: The best sunscreen should have a molecule that protects against UVB & UVA (UVA-2 and UVA-1). Zinc Oxide is the molecule that has the ability to block UVA & UVB. So when considering using a sunscreen, look for Zinc Oxide. ...Read more

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What sunscreens do you recommend?

What sunscreens do you recommend?

Neutrogena, Alta MD: The neutrogena helioplex and the anthelios by la roche posay are my favorites. For acne prone skin, the alta md uv clear works well. It is important to use sunscreens with both uva and uvb coverage. Spf value refers to uvb protection. The new fda ruling requires uva protection labeling, which will be presented as + (lowest), ++, or +++ (highest). Reapply every 2 hours while in the sun. ...Read more

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Are Asian sunscreens safe to use?

Are Asian sunscreens safe to use?

Sunscreen: There can't be a gross generalisation about whether a sunscreen from Asia is good or bad. Stick with a reputable brand. ...Read more

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Should I wear sunscreen everyday?

Should I wear sunscreen everyday?

Yes: Even while your driving in a car sun still can do damage, skin seuticuals has a spf 50 I highly recommend
see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to purchase it. ...Read more

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How does sunscreen actually work?

How does sunscreen actually work?

Sunscreen: Sunscreen combines organic and inorganic chemicals to filter the light from the sun so that less of it reaches the deeper layers of your skin. Like a screen door, some light penetrates, but not as much as if the door wasn't present. Sunblock, on the other hand, reflects or scatters the light away so that it doesn't reach the skin at all. ...Read more

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What is the best sunscreen to use?

What is the best sunscreen to use?

Zinc oxide: Many of the sunscreens available in the us are banned in europe due to concerns about carcinogenic risk of some of the ingredients. However, the risk of skin cancer after a sunburn far exceeds any potential risk from sunscreens. The safest sunscreens are the barrier sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium. ...Read more

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What makes sunscreen so important? |

Skin Cancer: Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful uv rays of the sun. In addition to damaging the quality of the skin, they can cause cancers to develop. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more

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Should I use a special sunscreen?   

Not really: The fda has recommended that the term sunblock be dropped as it is often very misleading and can result in patients believing they have more protection from the sun than they actually do. I agree, a good sunscreen with an spf of 50, that contains both a uvb protector and a metal such as zinc or titanium oxide for uva. That's all you need if you reapply it frequently. ...Read more

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Does more SPF mean better sunscreen?

Does more SPF mean better sunscreen?

Yes and no: 30 is better than 15, but anything over 30 is probably marketing hype rather than any true benefit. ...Read more

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What should I look for in a sunscreen?

What should I look for in a sunscreen?

2 things: You need 2 things: a good uvb protector. This is what the spf rating refers to. Octinoxate is wonderful and safe. No more than a 50 spf. Anything higher is useless and to full of other chemicals. You must have a metal in it such as zinc or titanium. These protect against uva rays. Higher spf is nonsense. You must reapply them frequently and avoid the sun to be affective. Wear a hat and be well! ...Read more

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How often do I need to apply sunscreen?

Lots!: Put on sunscreen about 20 minutes before heading into the sun. Then reapply every 2 hours (more often if you get sweaty or wet). Make sure you use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both uva and uvb rays. Also- remember your hat and sunglasses! ...Read more

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Which is better: sunscreen or sunblock?

Which is better: sunscreen or sunblock?

Both are great: Sunblock normally consists of a physical blocker like zinc or titanium oxide which block and reflect both uva and uvb rays. Sunscreen usually means a chemical screen that interacts with the uvb rays to prevent sun damage. A combination of both us very common, but for very sensitive skin, a block is sometimes better. ...Read more

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What is the active element in sunscreen?

What is the active element in sunscreen?

Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more

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What are good alternatives to sunscreen?

Protective clothing: The best way to avoid sun damage and its seqelae is to avoid the sun. If you must go out and don't want to use sunscreens then you may purchase a hat and many articles of clothing that are now available to block the sun's rays. ...Read more

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Is putting on sunscreen really necessary?

Absolutely: The number one cause of skin aging changes and wrinkles is uv exposure. It can also of course ause skin caners. Everyone should put on sunscreen every morning and perhaps more importantly, apply antioxidants that are absorbed by the skin! ...Read more

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Can you recommend a sunblock or sunscreen?

Can you recommend a sunblock or sunscreen?

High SPF: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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How to chose the best sunscreen for beach?

Sunscreen: SPF 15 or higher depending on skin type
UVA and UVB protection
Water and sweat resistant ...Read more

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What is the best sunscreen to use on my baby?

What is the best sunscreen to use on my baby?

Adorable Baby: Check out the environmental working group webite, they list the safest sunscreens, but at the top of this list are: adorable baby, aveeno (oatmeal) baby natural, babyganics and badger baby sunscreen. ...Read more

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How do I pick the best sunscreen for a child?

How do I pick the best sunscreen for a child?

UVA & UVB protection: Check out the environmental working group webite, they list the safest sunscreens, but at the top of this list are: adorable baby, aveeno (oatmeal) baby natural, babyganics and badger. ...Read more

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When can I start putting sunscreen on my baby?

When can I start putting sunscreen on my baby?

Depends: On baby's exposure to sun light. A certain amt of sunlight needed for vit. D conversion. But if taking baby to beach use sunblock probable a physical block zn oxide and titanium dioxide. Stay away from chemical blocks in young baby (why put chemicals on their skin). ...Read more

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What's the difference between sunblock or sunscreen?

What's the difference between sunblock or sunscreen?

Shield vs filter: True sunblocks essentially create a shield to effectively block out the sun with zinc oxide being one of the most common preparations. They tend to be opaque. Sunscreens are chemical agents which filter out undersireable wavelengths of the sun and come in a variety of strengths and formulations. They tend to be clear. The diagram represents the spectrum of coverage. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between sunblock and sunscreen?

Nope: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between sunscreen and sunblock?

Is there a difference between sunscreen and sunblock?

Different mechanisms: Sunscreen decreases the effects from uv b but not uv a which leads to photo aging like wrinkles. A sunblock will have zinc or titanium oxide crystals to "block" the sun. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good high SPF physical sunscreen?

Can you recommend a good high SPF physical sunscreen?

Many available: There are many products available most however are special dermatology blends. Often sunscreen in the cosmetics are not adequate. PCA makes a nice physical block perfection protection very light. Also skinceuticals they make a nice product.
I am not associated with them but elite laser hair is near you they should carry a good product. ...Read more