Every patient who walks into a dermatology office is counseled on the proper use of sunscreen. Sunscreen is important not only for skin cancer prevention; it is also one of the most important prevention strategies for anti-aging.
Sunscreen with a broad spectrum of coverage, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB radiation, with an SPF 30+ is ideal. But patients often do not realize just how much sunscreen is needed to be applied in order for optimum protection. Sunscreen is definitely one product that should be applied liberally.
Recommend a sunscreen that is specifically formulated for the face for facial application to avoid acne breakouts. Educate the patient to use about the amount of ½ of a bottle cap for the face alone. For the average-sized adult, recommend that they use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass to cover their body. And, finally, always advise the patient to re-apply their sunscreen every two hours to maintain adequate protection.
These simple strategies will delay the aging of the skin and prevent skin cancer down the road!
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