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Sunscreens: What's New?

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Fun in the sun can lead to sunburn if proper precautions are not followed, there is always something new when it comes to sunscreens.

Dr. Angelo Mancuso is a dermatologist in Decatur, "I would say probably the last two years, one of the things that has gotten me really excited has been these new sunscreens that have been coming out."

He says even some of the old standbys are being "re-tooled" with better formulas.

He also says there are some things you should look for, like the SPF. "We have the UVAs and the UVBs. Simplicity wise the b's are the ones that cause the sunburns. The a-rays are the ones that cause a little more sun damage, cause they penetrate the skin much more deeply."

He says both are connected to skin cancers, and a good sunscreen helps. "You would like a 30 or higher, but I recommend the 50's or higher. "Now the other thing you want with sunscreens is you want it to say broad spectrum. Cause broad spectrum now, not only blocks out the b's and the a's now," Mancuso said. 

Zinc oxide or Titanium oxide is a total block, and now there is something new on the bottle.  

"The skin cancer foundation now has a committee where they literally evaluate sunscreens. So you will see a little seal on it and the seals will say, "daily'  or it will say "active."

"Daily" is for short spurts in the sun while "Active" is for longer, more active times. It also stays on longer, but Mancuso says both should be reapplied every two to three hours, 30 minutes before going into the sunlight.   

"Now some of the new sunscreens are having a vitamin C that are added to their sunscreens because that's preventing a lot of the damage and some of the inflammation that's occurring from those rays that do get through and we're also finding some of these sunscreens have an herbal product in it that would prevent, let say, inflammation," Mancuso. 

He says another product contains fragmented melanin, which also works to prevent damage from high energy light.  

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