Sun Protection

Dr. Mouhammad Aouthmany, MD, FAAD
Board Certified Dermatologist


Sun Protection

  1. Minimize sun exposure. Worse between 10-3pm. 
  2. The best protection is avoidance.  The next is wear sun protective clothing.  Shade does not protect from UV.
  3. Wear SPF 30 or above.  Especially on the face, neck, upper chest and the arms.  Even brief exposure will over time accumulate and induce damage.
  4. Reapply every 2 hours if out in the sun, after swimming or excessive sweating.
  5. Sun tanning booths and sun tanning is not healthy.  You can obtain Vitamin D in a safer way through foods and supplements.
  6. Infants under 6 months should be kept out of sun, otherwise use the products below if necessary. 
Sunscreen (chemical) and Sunblock (mineral) and mixed:
  • Trader Joes sunscreen spray 50+
  • EltaMD products (some are tinted)*** great for melasma patients. also, zinc spray on
  • Skinmedica spf 50+
  • Blue Lizard
  • Neutrogena
  • Vanicream
  • Cerave
  • La Roche-Posay products (some are tinted) ***  great for melasma patients
  • Bare Republic   --- zinc spray on.  note: very white finish
Sun clothing:
  • Coolibar
  • Mott50
Supplements
  • Heliocare (reduces effects of free radicals from sun exposure)
  • Nature Made Vitamin D3 (800-2000 units daily)