Sunscreens: An Update.
American journal of clinical dermatology
Sunscreens have been widely used by the general public for their photoprotective properties, including prevention of photocarcinogenesis and photoaging and management of photodermatoses. It is important to emphasize to consumers the necessity of broad-spectrum protection, with coverage of both ultraviolet A (320-400 nm) and ultraviolet B (290-320 nm) radiation. This review discusses the benefits of sunscreen, different ultraviolet filters, sunscreen regulations and controversies, the importance of broad-spectrum protection, issues of photostability and formulation, and patient education and compliance.
Medical Subject Headings
Carcinogenesis; Consumer Product Safety; Environmental Pollution; Humans; Patient Compliance; Patient Education as Topic; Skin Aging; Sunscreening Agents; Ultraviolet Rays