Anyone who lives in Florida is aware that sun exposure can be bad for your skin. Even a “healthy” tan is actually a sign of damaged skin. But sunscreens can be confusing. At Baldwin Pediatrics, we feel it is important that people are as informed as possible about sunscreens and their use. Below are some facts and recommendations for our patients.
Ingredients are more important than SPF Sunburns are caused by UVB radiation, but 95% of cancer-causing radiation from the sun is UVA. The SPF only indicates how well a sunscreen blocks UVB and has nothing to do with its ability to block UVA. The following ingredients block UVA: avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and ecamsule. Many sunscreens do not contain any of these ingredients. Avobenzone and oxybenzone are not as effective as the others.