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Dermatologists Unanimously Agree Sunscreen Prevents Skin Aging

by kelly / March, 8 2017 01:30

Sunscreen on a person's skin in the shape of a heart

The results are in! In a recent survey 100% of dermatologists agreed that sunblock prevents skin aging, 97% said sunscreen protects against skin cancer and 100% recommended using at least an SPF 30 sunscreen. So I have to say, it’s great to see dermatologists agreeing on the importance of sun protection.

Where do the results come from? Well, a sunscreen survey was given at a national educational dermatology conference in April 2016. Over 150 dermatologists completed the survey. In 2017 the results were finally published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - Dermatology. Here are highlights from the findings.

Dermatologists Concur Sunscreen Prevents Wrinkles and Skin Cancer

  • 100% agreed that use of sunscreen reduces subsequent photo aging / wrinkles
  • 97% agreed that regular use of sunscreen helps lower the risk of skin cancer
  • 96% consider FDA-approved sunscreens to be safe [yes our sunscreens are FDA-approved sunscreens]

You don’t get much better than medical doctors all agreeing that sunblock is anti-aging.

Dermatologists Recommend Sunscreens

  • 100% of the dermatologists choose a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 for themselves when outdoors
  • 99% of them recommend their family & friends use sunscreen
  • 99% believe that their patients do not apply enough sunscreen

These dermatologists not only advise their patients to wear sunblock but they also use it themselves and recommend it to those closest to them.

Benefits of Sunblock

These are great results to see and they showcase the significance of sunscreen. If I had these kinds of test scores in high school – I’d have fought a lot less with my parents!

If I had to boil it down, the main takeaway is that simply by wearing sunscreen everyday you lower your risk of skin cancer and prevent skin aging – win win! For even more studies on the benefits of sunscreen check out our Education or Suncare Smarts blog series.

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