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Neider, Sarah

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association:
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000030
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to present a brief overview on sunscreen and is not intended to be a full review. Statistical information on skin cancer is presented along with an overview of skin protective measures in addition to sunscreen. A brief description of the definition of ultraviolet (UV) radiation is reviewed and includes the basic differences between UVA and UVB. Chemical blockers versus physical blockers are explained and include a table listing of 17 active ingredients approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration. The table also differentiates physical and chemical blockers and which UV rays each type of blocker helps to protect against. A review of the Food & Drug Administration’s guidelines regarding sunscreen is discussed to include the two key factors in sunscreen labeling. Finally, proper usage and patient information regarding sunscreen application are reviewed.

Author Information

Sarah Neider, MA, Center for Surgical Dermatology, Westerville, OH.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Sarah Neider, MA, 8704 Seabright Dr., Powell, OH 43065. E-mail:

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