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Can I wear sunscreen if I have acne?

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Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen doesn't cause acne. And while red, sunburned skin might temporarily hide your pimples, getting burned too many times can also leave you with premature lines and wrinkles, and increase your risk for skin cancer. You want to protect your skin when you're outside in the sun.

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News release, NPD.

Pfenninger, J. , 3rd ed, Mosby Elsevier, 2010. Pfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care

Goodman G. , 2009. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

NIAMS: "Acne."

News release, American Academy of Dermatology.

Wolverton, S. nd Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy, 2ed,

Poli, F. , April 2002. La Revue de Practicien

Hayashi N. , July-August 2005. European Journal of Dermatology

Rigel, D. 1sted, Saunders Elsevier, 2004. Cancer of the Skin,

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 11, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, NPD.

Pfenninger, J. , 3rd ed, Mosby Elsevier, 2010. Pfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care

Goodman G. , 2009. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

NIAMS: "Acne."

News release, American Academy of Dermatology.

Wolverton, S. nd Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy, 2ed,

Poli, F. , April 2002. La Revue de Practicien

Hayashi N. , July-August 2005. European Journal of Dermatology

Rigel, D. 1sted, Saunders Elsevier, 2004. Cancer of the Skin,

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 11, 2019

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