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Properly apply broad-spectrum sunscreens to maximize their photoprotective effects

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The benefits of using sunscreen regularly include the prevention of photocarcinogenesis and photoaging, and the management of photodermatoses. The data supporting these benefits substantially outweigh the limited data on theoretical adverse effects of sunscreen. Patients should be urged to consistently use a broad-spectrum photostable sunscreen with a sun protection factor of ≥ 30 and to apply it generously to exposed skin. Further research on protection from the effects of visible light and infrared radiation is required, as such protection is not provided by the UV filters in sunscreen.

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The article was adapted from the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2017;18(5):643–50 [1] by employees of Adis/Springer, who are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.


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Adis Medical Writers. Properly apply broad-spectrum sunscreens to maximize their photoprotective effects. Drugs Ther Perspect 34, 75–80 (2018).

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