Many people are confused about what order in their skincare regiment they should be applying sunscreen. Dr. Schultz will tell you when to apply it in order for it to be most effective.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. We've had more questions todate concerning in what order to apply sunscreen with other products than any other subject. As a matter of fact, it's generated some stimulating discussions in the comment section on DermTV. As a general rule, sunscreen always goes on first, and the reason for this is for the sunscreen to work, it has to bind with the skin in a chemical reaction to make it able to absorb or block the sunray, that's the fast answer. The questions have largley concerned sunscreen when used with antioxidants, exfoliants and moistuirizers, makeup, and acne medications and let me take them one at a time. When we are dealing with antioxidants trick question because antioxidants are always used at bedtime and you don't use sunscreen at bedtime. Exfoliants, sunscreen first, exfoliant second. Moistuirizer, sunscreen first, moistuirizer second. Makeup, sunscreen first, makeup sencond. Even if your make up has an SPF in it. The one exception maybe acne products, which are put just as a spot treatments on individaul blemishes. Acne treatments tend to a very thin liquid, so they don't show. As a very thin liquid as a spot treatment, the liquid of apprets, and its okay to put that thin spot treatment on first, and then the sunscreen on the rest of your face. But to be perfectly clear its almost universely sunscreen is applied first. 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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