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Will sunscreen prevent me from getting a tan?

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Dr. Jayson Dupre
Aesthetic Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

You will still tan through sunscreen.
It is important that you use a good sunscreen with high spf and particularly on containing zink oxide that will block harmful rays of the sun - uva and uvb. It is also important that you reapply if outside for extended periods of time. This will reduce your risk of burning and skin cancer but you will still gradually increase melanin and tan.

In brief: No

You will still tan through sunscreen.
It is important that you use a good sunscreen with high spf and particularly on containing zink oxide that will block harmful rays of the sun - uva and uvb. It is also important that you reapply if outside for extended periods of time. This will reduce your risk of burning and skin cancer but you will still gradually increase melanin and tan.
Dr. Jayson Dupre
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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sunscreen

Sunscreen will not stop all if the ultraviolet radiation from reaching into the skin.
The uvr that gets through will lead to tanning and sometimes burning . Remember there is no such thing as a safe tan.

In brief: Sunscreen

Sunscreen will not stop all if the ultraviolet radiation from reaching into the skin.
The uvr that gets through will lead to tanning and sometimes burning . Remember there is no such thing as a safe tan.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Dr. Arthur Balin
The mechanism of tanning is that it is a response to injury, induced by small fragments of broken DNA
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