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Tips for Sun Protection

Sun Protection

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S., but it’s also one of the most preventable.  And one of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer is to regularly protect your skin from the sun.  With spring’s arrival and summer around the corner, we at Smyrna Pediatrics would like to share some considerations provided by the American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Pediatrics regarding sun protection, as many of us will be enjoying the outdoors during these warmer months.

Sunscreen

Using sunscreen is the most common means to protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  When shopping for sunscreen, look for several key features:

In addition, in order to effectively protect against the sun, sunscreen needs to be applied correctly and reapplied every two hours if sweating or swimming.

For adults: one oz of sunscreen (a shot glass full) is needed to cover the entire body.  It should also be applied to the ears, neck, and feet.  If using spray sunscreen, it should be sprayed into the hands (to avoid possible inhalation) and then a large amount should be applied and rubbed into the face or body.

For children over 6 months of age: if shade and clothing are not available, broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 can be applied to exposed skin.  As previously mentioned, sunscreen that mainly contains zinc oxide or titanium oxide is preferred.

For babies under 6 months of age: sun protective clothing and shade should always be utilized to protect their skin from the sun.

Additional Considerations

We hope these tips will help you enjoy the outdoors in a sun-safe way!

Be well,

Smyrna Pediatrics

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