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American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 643–650 | Cite as

Sunscreens: An Update

  • Jennifer Brescoll Mancuso
  • Rohit Maruthi
  • Steve Q. Wang
  • Henry W. LimEmail author
Review Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Zinc Oxide Critical Wavelength Oxybenzone Avobenzone Sunscreen Application 
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Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

Henry W. Lim has received research grants from Clinuvel, Estée Lauder, Ferndale, and Allergan and consulting fees from Pierre Fabre, Ferndale, Uriage, Sanofi, and Johnson & Johnson. Steve Wang has been a consultant for Ferndale and Neutrogena. Rohit Maruthi and Jennifer Brescoll Mancuso have no conflicts of interest.

Funding

No funding was received for the preparation of this review.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Brescoll Mancuso
    • 1
  • Rohit Maruthi
    • 2
  • Steve Q. Wang
    • 3
  • Henry W. Lim
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Boston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMemorial Sloane KetteringNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of DermatologyHenry Ford Medical Center-New Center OneDetroitUSA

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