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Hautarzt. 2009 Apr;60(4):294-300. doi: 10.1007/s00105-008-1624-x.

[Actives. A central component of modern light protection].

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Institut für Umweltmedizinische Forschung, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf gGmbH, Auf'm Hennekamp 50, 40225 Düsseldorf.


Dermatologists should endorse UV filters as effective and useful. In recent years, numerous technological advances have made it possible to protect the skin better than ever before against the negative effects of both UVAB and UVA radiation. On the other hand, the protection is never 100%. Thus it is wise to combine UV filters with other protective measures. Molecules used for this purpose differ from UV filters in that they cannot absorb or reflect UV radiation. Instead, they damper or block the secondary biochemical processes that follow absorption of UV radiation. The best example for this group is antioxidants. Currently other new active cosmetic ingredients or actives are being developed that can reduce UV-induced skin damage in a variety of ways.

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