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Sun protection

Protecting your skin from the sun can reduce your risk of skin cancer, sunburn, and premature skin aging. Find out how to protect your skin.

Cold weather sun protection

You can protect your skin year-round by following these tips from a board-certified dermatologist.

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What to wear to protect your skin from the sun

In addition to seeking shade and applying sunscreen, wearing sun-protective clothing goes a long way in protecting you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. To help protect your skin from the sun, dermatologists recommend wearing these items.

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Infographic: Say Yes to Sun Protection

This infographic gives important information on how to protect against skin cancer, including detailing the difference between physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen.

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How to prevent skin cancer

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

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Sun protection for babies

It only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life. To protect your baby from the sun, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists.

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Sunscreen: Questions patients ask

Find answers to commonly asked questions about sunscreen.

What is sun-damaged skin?

Spending time outdoors without protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays can add years to your looks. Fortunately, there are ways to erase some of this damage.

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Sunscreen: How to select & use

Do you know that some sunscreens can prevent sunburn, reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, and help prevent early signs of skin aging? Learn how to choose a sunscreen that does all three.

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Sunscreen Resource Center

When you protect your skin from the sun, you reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and early skin aging. Discover the role that sunscreen plays in protecting your skin and what else helps to keep you safe.

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Aprenda a proteger su piel del sol.