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Sunscreen: What you should know

May 2013

When it comes to sunscreen, a little bit of knowledge can make a big difference. This month, we share that knowledge.

A new infographic shows you the three things to look for when selecting a sunscreen. This is important because choosing a sunscreen with all three can reduce your risk of sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer. A new slideshow explains why sunscreen labels have changed and why you’ll no longer see the words “waterproof” and “sunblock.” To apply sunscreen for maximum protection, be sure to watch this month’s video.

How to select a sunscreen (infographic)

Sunscreen labels have changed (slideshow)

How to apply sunscreen (2:06)

What dermatologists tell their patients

The sun damages everyone’s skin. Even people who never sunburn need to protect their skin from the sun. You can protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade, covering up with clothing, and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF 30 or higher.

In the news

Niagara Falls lit orange
To help raise awareness of skin cancer, the falls were lit orange on Melanoma Monday®, May 6.


Eczema relief: Not from primrose oil, borage oil
If you’re trying to stop itchy eczema, forget about trying these plant-based remedies — evening primrose oil and borage oil. Studies show that they just don’t work. You can learn more about these studies at Evening Primrose Oil No Match For Eczema's Itch.


FDA proposes stricter tanning-bed regulations
Evidence continues to show that indoor tanning is harmful to our health. It significantly increases our risk for developing different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest type. The more a person uses indoor tanning, the greater the risk.

To protect public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposes stricter regulations for tanning beds. To find out what the FDA proposes, read:

American Academy of Dermatology Association applauds FDA actions to safeguard the public from the dangers of tanning beds

Know the risks of indoor tanning

Academy news

Dermatology A to Z expands its coverage
Dermatology A to Z, your source for accurate, dermatologist-reviewed information about skin diseases, just got better! Expanded coverage gives you more videos, slideshows, and pictures. You’ll also find dermatologists’ insight about many new topics. These include:

  • What you should know if you wear artificial nails.
  • How to tell if your hair care is damaging your hair.
  • Tips to turn a child’s bath time into an enjoyable experience.
  • Kid friendly content to help children learn about their hair, skin, and nails.
  • What exactly is a Mohs surgeon, pediatric dermatologist, and cosmetic dermatologist?

You’ll also still find dermatologists’ tips to help you care for diseases ranging from acne to vitiligo. To see all that this new section has to offer, go to Dermatology A to Z.


Free resources: Skin cancer prevention and detection
Have you ever wanted to tell others how they can prevent skin cancer or show them how they can check their skin for suspicious spots? To help you do just that, the Academy created a library of eye-catching, dermatologist-reviewed free materials. All you need to do to use these is to download them. You’ll find posters, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and stickers. Some materials are tailored to a specific audience, such as children grades K -2, outdoor workers, or men 50+.

To explore this library, go to Free educational resources.


Share your SPOT Orange™ photos
Thanks to everyone who helped raise awareness of skin cancer by participating in SPOT Orange™ on Melanoma Monday®! If you have photos of yourself, family, friends, co-workers, or a pet wearing orange, please upload your photos at SPOT Orange™ on Melanoma Monday®: Share your photos.

We may feature your photos on our website, social media, or in a print publication. You can view pictures of many people who helped put an orange spotlight on skin cancer at SPOT Orange™ photo gallery.


Academy announces recipients of shade structure grants
Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a grant application for a permanent shade structure. This year, the Academy awarded 21 shade structure grants. You will find the list of the 2013 recipients at Shade Structure Grant Program recipients.


Next month – You can prevent skin cancer

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