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Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and a physical blocker like zinc oxide of at least 6% toprotect against both UVA and UVB light. A water-based or light liquid-based gel or spray-on sunscreen is best for people who tend to get breakouts. You can also look for light lotions and powder sunscreens. Look for “noncomedogenic” on the label, which means it should not clog your skin’s pores. Watch out for chemicals such as PABA and benzophenone, which can irritate sensitive skin. 

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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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