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Sunscreen Resource Center


Health benefits of sun protection

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 resources

Sunscreen FAQs

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

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.

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.

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

When shopping for sunscreen, your choices can feel overwhelming. With so many different SPFs, it can be hard to tell which one you need. To make it easier to buy sunscreen, the AAD is sharing a simple two-step process.

How to decode sunscreen labels

Do you find the terms used on sunscreen confusing? Some terms, such as “broad spectrum” and “SPF,” have very specific meanings. Being able to decipher these terms can help you choose a sunscreen that gives you the protection you expect.


Related AAD resources

5 common sunscreen mistakes - and how to avoid them

To protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer, learn how to avoid these common sunscreen mistakes.

How to apply sunscreen

Sunscreen is not as effective unless it's applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists when applying sunscreen.

Is your sunscreen really protecting you?

Sunscreen can reduce your risk of getting a sunburn, skin cancer, and even age spots and wrinkles. Take this quiz to see if you're getting these benefits from sunscreen.

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.

How to use stick and spray sunscreens

Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists to safely and adequately apply stick and spray sunscreens.

Prevent skin cancer

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Is misinformation increasing your skin cancer risk?

Do you have the facts you need to reduce the risk of you or a loved one getting skin cancer? Take this quiz and find out.

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