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Archive for the 'Sunscreen' Category

Few skiers use sunscreen as directed

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Researchers at Klein Buendel Inc, in Golden, Colotrado, examined compliance with sunscreen advice at ski areas in western North America. (more…)

Recommendations to treat acne rosacea

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

acneResearchers from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in Salt Lake City have published recommendations.

Let’s focus on initial treatments for rosacea flares before using lasers and drugs. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Tanning beds

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

According to this article on, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has elevated sunbeds for tanning to its highest cancer risk category. (more…)

Key points about commonly used herbals

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Dr. Darrell Hulisz from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio has written a continuing education article on herbals.

Here are the author’s take-away points, with additional references added. (more…)

New regulations for sunscreen products

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

 The FDA is completing sunscreen label changes designed to give consumers a better idea of the sun protection they’re getting. (more…)

Text message reminders to use sunscreen

Friday, March 13th, 2009

 Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reported their findings during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. (more…)

New view on the risk of skin cancer from UVA

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Now that new UVA blockers are being marketed, it’s not surprising to see more research in this area. The UVA sunscreen issue has been discussed here and here.

Now, results from new research.


Recommending a UVA sunscreen

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Earlier this year, the FDA approved Anthelios SX, an over-the-counter product that contains a camphor derivative (ecamsule/Mexoryl SX), which is photostable and targets UVA radiation. In addition, Neutrogena has added a stabilizer, Helioplex, to several of its products containing avobenzone and other UVA blockers, which might boost their efficacy in protecting against a spectrum of UVA wavelengths.

The questions are, “How good are they? Which is better?” asks Dr. DeLeo from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and Beth Israel Medical Centers in New York City.


Another reason to use lots of sunscreen

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

When sunscreen is applied, its UV filters reduce the amount of UV radiation that penetrates the skin. Over time however, the filters themselves penetrate below the surface of the outer layer of skin, leaving the body vulnerable to UV radiation.

In fact, when commonly used sunscreens (octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3 and octocrylene) are abasorbed, they actually generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) that cause oxidative damage. This leads to skin damage and increases in the visible signs of aging, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside.