Beauty & Wellness

Sunscreen Myths

Proper use of sunscreen is a huge step toward preventing skin cancer and premature aging, but many people are unaware of the steps needed to truly protect themselves. Local dermatologist Dr. TJ Giuffrida, M.D., helps us separate fact from fiction

Myth 1: If it’s cloudy outside, you don’t need sunscreen. False. Up to 40% of the sun’s rays reach the earth on a cloudy day. This leads to serious sunburns because people spend all day outdoors with little or no protection.
Myth 2: Most of your sun exposure occurs during childhood, so it’s too late to do anything now. False. We get less than 25% of our total sun exposure by age 18. Adults are living longer and spending more time outdoors, which means sunscreen use at any age is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Myth 3: Wearing sunscreen leads to Vitamin D deficiency. False. Few dermatologists believe — and no studies have shown — that sunscreens cause Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is readily available in foods and dietary supplements.
Myth 4: Sunscreens are simply not safe to use. False. Despite concerns about sunscreen safety, consumers should feel confident that sunscreen products are safe. No reliable published studies show that sunscreen is hazardous to human health. I recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Use it correctly and realize it’s just one part of protecting your skin.

› Dr. TJ Giuffrida, M.D., is the Director of the Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Coral Gables; 3275 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; 305.461.2000;

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