Sunscreen Study Says We Need More

Researchers report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology for AADs new campaign to raise awareness at public events to apply sunscreen, and the study shows people did not use enough sunscreen to protect themselves from skin cancer. Researchers set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair and studied 2,200 people:

  • 33% of people applied sunscreen to all exposed skin
  • 38% were wearing sun-protective clothing, hats, and/or sunglasses
  • half applied sunscreen to their upper arms
  • 42% applied to their face
  • very few applied their chest or legs
  • sunscreen dispensers use fell sharply on cloudy days

Dr. Elizabeth Martin, president of Pure Dermatology, "Sunscreen is needed on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays can reach the skin." Board-certified dermatologist Abel Torres, MD, JD, FAAD, president of the AAD explains,  Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher blocks up to 97 percent of the sun’s rays.  All sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before going outdoors, and reapplied every two hours or after swimming and/or sweating, even labeled as water-resistant.  All exposed skin must be protected with 1-ounce of sunscreen (size of a shot glass).

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