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What should I look for in a sunscreen?

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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Frederick Coville
Dr. Frederick Coville
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Two thngs

1] spf-15or higher 2]a base that you tolerate.
I advise patients to use environment appropriate screens i.e. Water proof when in the water or sweating, less oily when skiing, etc.

In brief: Two thngs

1] spf-15or higher 2]a base that you tolerate.
I advise patients to use environment appropriate screens i.e. Water proof when in the water or sweating, less oily when skiing, etc.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Zinc oxide

When buying sunscreen, look for products that have micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in them. These broad-spectrum physical blocking agents protect against both uva and uvb rays without harmful chemicals.
Find a product with a minimum spf of 30, but remember that spf only applies to the uvb rays. No standard measurement of protection is yet available for the uva component of sunlight.

In brief: Zinc oxide

When buying sunscreen, look for products that have micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in them. These broad-spectrum physical blocking agents protect against both uva and uvb rays without harmful chemicals.
Find a product with a minimum spf of 30, but remember that spf only applies to the uvb rays. No standard measurement of protection is yet available for the uva component of sunlight.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Dr. Brock Ridenour
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