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All Sunscreens Are Not Created Equal

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 Plastic Surgery

The importance of sun protection is well known with all of the information we have available on sun damage and the risks of sun exposure. When someone elects to receive cosmetic or plastic surgery, taking measures to protect your skin again sun damage is still imperative. Unfortunately, there are a lot of sunscreens out there that don’t fulfill their purpose as they should.

When searching for the best sunscreen, it’s a good idea to look for one that is retinyl palmitate free. Studies have shown that retinyl palmitate, which is a form of vitamin A, may actually damage DNA and accelerate the development of skin tumors and lesions.

Oxybenzone is an ingredient that some medical organizations recommend while others recommend you avoid. It has the ability to be absorbed by the body and enter the bloodstream, allowing it to cause cell damage and possibly disrupt hormones.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, preferably SPF 30. The most important thing you want to look for when choosing a sunscreen is that it’s noted as being ‘broad spectrum’. This means that the sunscreen contains ingredients to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

If you are concerned about your facial appearance due to aging skin or sun damage, contact Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bottger for an assessment of the condition of your skin. After examination, he will give you his recommendations on what facial procedures would be your best option for restoring a youthful appearance. Call us at 610-355-1929 to schedule your consultation today.