ONE in FIVE Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour.
Since exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, protect your skin by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and, generously applying sunscreen
There are two types of sunscreen:
1. Physical sunscreen
This sunscreen works like a shield. It sits on the surface of your skin, deflecting the sun’s rays. Look for the active ingredients: ZINC OXIDE and/or TITANIUM DIOXIDE. This sunscreen is best for sensitive skin.
2. Chemical Sunscreen
This sunscreen works as a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays.
Look for one or more of the following active ingredients: OXYBENZONE, AVOBENZONE, OCTISALATE, OCTOCRYLENE, HOMOSALATE and OCTINOXATE.
This formulation tends to be easier to rub onto the skin without leaving a white residue.
If you have concerns about certain sunscreen ingredients, use the information above to choose an alternative that works for you. As long as it is broad-spectrum, water-resistant and has an SPF 30 or higher, it can effectively protect you from the sun. Make sure you reapply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
If you have questions about how to protect your skin or choose a sunscreen, talk to a board-certified dermatologist or learn more at spotskincancer.org. For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology Association website.
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