Understanding the new sunscreen labels
The FDA recently provided new guidelines for sunscreen labels. As of December 2012, the labels will provide you with more information about what type of UV protection a sunscreen offers and what a sunscreen can do.
When reading the label, here is what you want to look for:
- Make sure the label says “broad spectrum”.
- The second thing is the SPF. The AAD recommends a rating of 30 SPF or higher.
- Look for water resistant. Not all sunscreens are water resistant.
- The duration that the sunscreen is water resistant is either 40 minutes or 80 minutes.
- After that time, you need to reapply.
- Do not choose a sunscreen that also has insect repellant. The AAD recommends using two separate products.
Annual skin exams
Regardless of how well you protect your skin, the AAD recommends you have a dermatologist examine your skin for potential health issues at least once a year. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist immediately. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. We often have same-day appointments at our Dermatology office in Ladera Ranch so call us to schedule your skin exam today.
Sunscreen in a nutshell
This infographic details how to select an effective sunscreen that prevents sunburn, reduces risk of skin cancer, and helps prevent early signs of skin aging. You are welcome to share it but please give credit to the American Academy of Dermatology.