Sunscreen/Sun Burns

  • What is the best sunscreen, and what SPF is the most effective?

    We say the best sunscreen is the one you will wear! Some people prefer more affordable sunscreens that are easily found where you pick up your prescriptions, while others prefer more higher end cosmetic sunscreens that rub in easily and wear well under makeup. Anything that includes both UVA and UVB coverage with at least 15 SPF is great. The key is to make sure that you apply it twice every day, even on days when you do not anticipate much sun exposure. Even walking between your car and work or home will add up long term.
  • Two years ago I got sunburned on my face making it swell up. My doctor advised hydrocortisone cream 1% which did take the swelling down. It has happened again, so I went to buy the same cream, but the chemist says it is not recommended for use on the face as it thins the skin, (the leaflet also says 'do not use on face'). I am wondering what to do. Take my doctor's advice or the chemist's advice.

    That is a great question. Physicians see what happens in clinical practice. Many times physicians will use medications in ways that are different from the manufacture's indication (package insert). That is the art of medicine. This doesn't means that you should blindly accept any physician's prescribed treatment. It is always good to ask questions and find out why the physician prescribed or recommended a particular medication or treatment.

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