It's the first day of the summer and, while dusting off your beach towels, you happen to come across an "old" bottle of sunscreen that expired months ago. But does that mean that this "expired" sunscreen won't protect you from the sun? You might b...
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz, and welcome to the DermTV. People think they need to throw out their sunscreen immediately after the expiration date but that's not so. It really does continue to work as an effective sunscreen for a long amount of time after that time. An expiration date is just the amount of time, usually a year or two years that the manufacturer demonstrated and tested that the sunscreen still works, but it doesn't stop working, it doesn't stop being an effective sunscreen the day after the expiration date. In fact, for weeks, months or maybe even years after the expiration date, you can still use that sunscreen and it will give you the full protection that you expected from it when it was first originally manufactured. So the take-away here is, it's much more important to use sunscreen and use it everyday than to be guided by the expiration date on the bottle. Please join me again at DermTV.com. If you have a question, please send it to me by visiting: dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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