Majority of sunscreens distributed by major US retailers meet AAD recommendations

Sunscreen being applied to child at beach.

Ariel E. Eber, MD, et al, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, conducted a follow-up to a 2014 study that evaluated 472 sunscreens available at two major U.S. retailers (WalMart and Walgreens) to see if they met the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommendations.

Dr. Eber and colleagues found that, in 2017, more sunscreens complied with the AAD’s recommendations than in 2014. The recommendations, which were released following the U.S. FDA’s 2011 standardization of sunscreen labeling, include:

Sunscreen for Rejuvenation

A recent study showed that daily sun protection does more than prevent photodamage; it helps reverse it.
Michael Southall on sunscreen's rejuvenating effects.

Daily sunscreen use is one the most powerful tools available to protect against the signs of aging. Skincare professionals have been saying this for years, yet consumers—even those most concerned with the appearance of aging—have been slow to adopt daily usage. So how can you convince your patients to get serious about sun protection? A growing body of clinical evidence showing that daily sunscreen use not only prevents photodamage but also rejuvenates skin—reducing fine lines, fading pigmentation and softening skin texture—may be the answer.

Factors Affecting Sunscreen Habits

Factors Affecting Sunscreen Habits

In an effort to better understand where sunscreen education and awareness programs are most needed, the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE), a nonprofit aimed at reducing the incidence of melanoma, conducted an independent national survey of 1,016 adults. The poll inquired about the frequency of sunscreen application by season, sunscreen preference and opinions about free public sunscreen.

The survey revealed the following areas of concern:

Nanodermatology Society Releases Progress Statement

Nanodermatology Society

The coming year will mark an extraordinary period of growth and development in the field of nanodermatology, according to the Nanodermatology Society (NDS), a non-profit organization founded in 2010 and charged with monitoring and evaluating nanotechnology as it relates to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of skin disease. “We have reached a tipping point where hard-won advances in biology, medicine and manufacturing have come to fruition,” says Adnan Nasir, MD, president of the NDS.