Skin cancers are more prevalent than ever: one out of every five Americans will get skin cancer at some point in their lives, and the disease will kill more than 12,000 people in the US in 2013. About 90 percent of the time, the risk of developing skin cancer is directly related to the amount and intensity of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure one receives from the sun. Fortunately, it’s easy to limit excessive UV exposure — and lower your risk of skin cancer — with the regular use of sun protection. Sunscreen is an important part of the equation, and finding the right one for your specific needs can be a challenge.
1. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+ ($10.99)
2. Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer, SPF 30 ($11.04)
3. Coppertone Oil Free Faces Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 ($8.19)
1. Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Facial Moisturizer, Fragrance Free, SPF 15 ($13.49)
2. Hawaiian Tropic Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 50 (container/prices vary)
3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 70 ($9.99)
For allergy-, acne-, and rosacea-prone skin: Patients with allergy-prone skin or conditions such as acne or rosacea should avoid products containing preservatives or fragrances, as well as those containing PABA or oxybenzone. Again, the ingredients least likely to cause skin reactions are the physical sunscreens, as well as those made with salicylates and ecamsule. Allergy prone and rosacea patients should also avoid sunscreens containing alcohol. Patients with acne, however, may find gel formulas, which usually contain alcohol, more drying and less likely to aggravate acne. Acne-prone patients should avoid greasy sunscreens (often marketed as “creams”), since they may exacerbate breakouts; the UVB filter ensulizole has a lighter, less oily consistency than most other chemical sunscreens. However, people on topical acne medications, which tend to be drying, may find gels too irritating on their sensitized skin and may benefit from a light lotion or cream base. Since some acne medications increase sun sensitivity, making wearers more vulnerable to burning and skin damage, rigorous daily sun protection is especially important.
Get more info on how to protect yourself from the sun and prevent skin cancer at SkinCancer.org