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Dermatol Ther. 2012 May-Jun;25(3):244-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2012.01503.x.

Sunscreens: obtaining adequate photoprotection.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10022, USA.


Adequate photoprotection plays a paramount role in reducing the burden of both photoaging and photocarcinogenesis. The scope of photoprotective strategies employed by the public, from most to least effective, includes: sun avoidance, seeking shade, the use of protective clothing, and the application of sunscreen. Among these options, sunscreen use remains the strategy most frequently employed by the public--a reversal of the preferred order of photoprotection. Given this trend, it is clear why sunscreens invariably take center stage in any discussion regarding obtaining adequate photoprotection.

© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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