There's a lot of confusion out there about sunscreen, the application of it, and more. In this episode, Dr. Schultz will answer three commonly asked sunscreen questions.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. Today, I would like to answer three important sunscreen questions. The first one and a very common one asked by woman is if I put on my sunscreen in the morning, and then on top of the sunscreen I put on a foundation that has an SPF value in it, its the total protection I get the addition of the two SPF numbers, unfortunately its not. The SPF protection you do get is the SPF protection of the first product you apply on your skin, which of course should be your sunscreen. Another important question that mothers ask is can I use my child's sunscreen, will it protect me? The answer is, of course, it will. All sunscreens have a specific SPF value whether it's a child sunscreen or an adult sunscreen. Whatever that SPF value is that's the protection that you will get. To my knowledge, there is no meaningful difference between sunscreens made for children and made for adults, and essentially it's mostly a marketing technique. And conversely, children can have adult sunscreens put on them. Lastly men ask me, are my sunscreen requirements different than women's. And there is one important difference, men need sunscreens that are very light, that are oil free because their skin is intrinsically oilier, number one. And number two they don't like putting heavy or greasy things on their face. So, sunscreens that are particularly receptive to men or sunscreens that come in a pad form, they have a very light solution on them and it dries quickly and that's much more suitable for men skin. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question please send it to me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.
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