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Sunscreen: Questions patients ask


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How do I know if I'm using the right sunscreen?

When shopping for sunscreen, your choices can feel overwhelming. Here’s what you can do to find a sunscreen that’s right for you.

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Is sunscreen safe?

To help you make informed decisions about your health, you'll find answers to common sunscreen questions that patients have been asking their dermatologists.

Is your sunscreen really protecting you?

Sunscreen can reduce your risk of getting a sunburn, skin cancer, and even age spots and wrinkles, but many people don’t get these benefits. Are you? You’ll know how to after taking this quiz.

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Sunscreen FAQs

The AAD offers a wealth of information on sunscreen and sun safety. Find answers about SPF, sun exposure, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

What are the best ingredients to look for in sunscreen?

Board-certified dermatologist Jennifer Powers, MD, FAAD, explains what ingredients to look for in sunscreen.

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