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Session Information

FRM F076 - Photoprotection: Going Beyond SPF and Broad Spectrum

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Saturday, March 22

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Mile High Ballroom 3A

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Director: Steven Q. Wang, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss the history and review the current state of sunscreen and photoprotection
  • Describe the limitations and controversies associated with sunscreens
  • Recognize the role of antioxidants and nanotechnology in photoprotection

Sunscreens and photoprotection are interesting subjects that are far more complex than the mere discussion of SPF value and broad spectrum status. We will trace through the history and review the current state of sunscreens in the United States. Through this discussion, we will outline the technical breakthroughs, mention the challenges in formulation, and summarize the regulatory landscape. Furthermore, we will discuss the controversies associated with sunscreens, specifically focusing on oxybenzone, retinal palmitate, and nano-sized TiO2 and ZnO. Lastly, we will discuss the role of topical and oral antioxidants in photoprotection.