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Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology
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In brief: Nope

Suntan is actually a sign of sun damage.
You don't have to burn to have damage, although burning does increase your risk of skin cancers even more. You need an SPF of 30 or higher reapplied every 2 hours to ward off premature aging!

In brief: Nope

Suntan is actually a sign of sun damage.
You don't have to burn to have damage, although burning does increase your risk of skin cancers even more. You need an SPF of 30 or higher reapplied every 2 hours to ward off premature aging!
Dr. Glynis Ablon
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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Needs explanation

Spf 6 means that an individual can stay in the sun 6 times longer than an individual not applying sun screen.
However, with perspiration, water, etc a 6 is usually not enough. I usually recommend 15 or above. Yes, you can tan and minimize premature skin aging when used starting at an early age and applied frequently.

In brief: Needs explanation

Spf 6 means that an individual can stay in the sun 6 times longer than an individual not applying sun screen.
However, with perspiration, water, etc a 6 is usually not enough. I usually recommend 15 or above. Yes, you can tan and minimize premature skin aging when used starting at an early age and applied frequently.
Dr. Elliot Duboys
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Dr. Alan Anthony
Dermatology

In brief: Not much protection

Spf 6 means that you can stay outside 6 times longer before burning.
So if intense sun causes a burn in 10 minute, now you could theoretically be out for an hour. Sun damage can occur even without burning and using spf 50 or higher is recommended for most people.

In brief: Not much protection

Spf 6 means that you can stay outside 6 times longer before burning.
So if intense sun causes a burn in 10 minute, now you could theoretically be out for an hour. Sun damage can occur even without burning and using spf 50 or higher is recommended for most people.
Dr. Alan Anthony
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