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Research shows everyday sunscreen use reduces appearance of wrinkles, chances of skin cancer

POSTED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 1:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 1:08pm

Results from a new study conducted in Australia were just released, confirming something doctors say they knew all along.

Research shows sunscreen slows down skin's aging process and reduces some of the risk for cancer. In the survey, 900 men and women were studied for photoaging over a four year period, from 1992 to 1996.

"It's something that's very exciting for us in dermatology because it's something that we've known for a long time, that sunscreen prevents wrinkles as well as skin cancer," said Dr. Katie Fiala, a dermatologist with Scott and White Hospital.

The study, published this month in the Annuals of Internal Medicine, shows that people who use adequate sunscreen every single day are less likely to have to use anti-wrinkle cream later in life.

"In studies that show, you know, SPF 50 covers 99% of the UV rays, the participants are putting on a lot more sunscreen than the average person," said Fiala.

Dermatologists say using sunscreen, even in the winter, does wonders for your skin in the long run.

"Especially between the hours of ten and four, that's when the UV index is most intense. So, even in the winter time, it's a good idea to protect your face especially," said Fiala.

In Texas, and much of the south, heat is almost an everyday battle, making proper protection all the more valuable.

"We definitely have a much higher UV index," said Fiala.

Doctors say when selecting a good sunscreen, look for SPF 50 and above. And, find a product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. A bottle of sunscreen here or there is much cheaper than anti-aging products down the road.


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