Dr. Seward, Dr. Grattan, and Dr. LaRocque recommend regular use of broad spectrum sunscreens to help prevent skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. A sunscreen should be at least SPF 30 and should be broad spectrum (able to protect against both UVA and UVB). We recommend that the sunscreen contains at least ONE of the following: avobenzone, Mexoryl, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. If you have sensitive skin, use sunscreens that contain only zinc or titanium.
The physicians at Dermatology Care of Charlotte recommend to apply sunscreen prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 to 3 hours. Avoid mid-day sun exposure and cover up with clothing, hats, and sunglasses when possible. Consider oral vitamin D supplements if strict sun protection practices are being used consistently and recommended by your primary care physician. Ask your dermatologist if you have additional questions.
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