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Sun protection

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.

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.

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.

Sunscreen: How to

5 common sunscreen mistakes — and how to avoid them

Sunscreen is a vital tool in the fight against skin cancer, however, it needs to be applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists to avoid common sunscreen mistakes.

How to apply sunscreen

Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it's applied correctly. Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists when applying sunscreen.

How to decode sunscreen labels

Being able to decipher sunscreen labels can help you choose one that gives you the protection you expect. Here, you’ll find everything you need to decode a sunscreen label.

How to select a sunscreen

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

How to use stick and spray sunscreens

It’s important to take precautions when using stick and spray sunscreens. Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists to safely and adequately apply stick and spray sunscreens.

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.

Sunscreen: Questions patients ask their dermatologist

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.

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.

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.

Sun-damaged skin

Is there a way to reverse the damage caused by tanning?

Board-certified dermatologist M. Laurin Council, MD, FAAD, explains whether there's a way to reverse the damage caused by tanning.

UV photography shows hidden sun damage

A UV photograph gives us a safe way to see how the sun damages our skin. Compare these UV photos with their color photos and you’ll see how much sun damage can accumulate with age.

Wrinkles and sun-damaged skin can be treated

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


¿Cómo puedo prevenir el cáncer de piel?

Siga estos consejos para proteger su piel y reducir el riesgo de cáncer de piel.

Como seleccionar la proteccion solar

Descargue esta infografía y aprenda a seleccionar un protector solar.

Protector solar: Cómo aplicar

Siga estos consejos de dermatólogos al aplicar protector solar.

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