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Systemic photoprotection: a valuable addition to topical sun protection

Prof. Salvador González Rodriguez, University of Alcala de Henares, Spain
EADV 2019

Systemic sun protection is an interesting additional way to shield the at-risk group. A fern extract has shown promising results for this indication due to its strong antioxidant properties [1].

“Oral photoprotective agents do not substitute but complement conventional photoprotection,” said Prof. Salvador González Rodriguez (University of Alcala de Henares, Spain). An additional protection, in particular for high-risk groups, is necessary due to the limitations of topical sunscreens: they are re-applied to infrequently, the quantity of the applied product is usually too small, and they are subject to unnoticed removal by perspiration [2,3]. Although wearing protective clothing and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 are still the most reliable methods of sun protection, this might not be sufficient for high-risk groups. “The problem with topical sunscreen is that there is no universal applicatio...

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