Post-melanoma Sunscreen?

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Post-melanoma Sunscreen?

by Katlady on Mon May 04, 2015 11:27 PM

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Any recommendations for a daily suncreen?  I have been using a lotion with SPF 15 in it since my diagnosis in February but now that the South Texas sun is becoming more brutal, SPF 15 isn't going to cut it.  Are there any every day sunscreens with a higher SPF than 15 that aren't thick and greasy like you are heading to the beach??

RE: Post-melanoma Sunscreen?

by HDavidWhite on Wed May 06, 2015 10:17 PM

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Hi, I'm a stage IIIC Melanoma patient that has done a lot of research on sunscreens. Here's what I've learned: 1. The SPF isn't as important as people think but SPF 30 is a minimum. 2. There are two types of sunscreens, one that contains chemicals "absorb" the UV rays, and another that actually BLOCKS the UV rays. My current Dermatologist is who pointed this out. First and foremost you should look for two active ingredients Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. You have to shop carefully but there are several on the market. neutrogena makes a liquid I use for my face and hands. Once rubbed on you won't even know it's there. There are several others, Arrbonne just came out with new sunscreens, one for the body, one for the face, it might be a little pricey. Read the labels carefully but look for those two as the active ingredients. Good luck!

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by Katlady on Fri May 08, 2015 11:10 AM

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Thank you for the reply!  I had my quarterly appointment with my dermatologist this week so I asked him as well.  He agreed that SPF 30 should be the minimum.  He recommended Elta MD.  I use the Neutrogena on my face as well (I think it's SPF 35) and purchased the Elta MD lotion with SPF 30.  I've only been using it for a few days but it seems exactly what I was looking for - light, non-greasy, and more like a regular moisturizer.  It is a little pricey but I think most of the decent ones are.

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by jalind on Fri May 08, 2015 01:44 PM

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While a lot of what you see written talks about anything over SPF 30 being overkill, they don't give the rest of the story. For clothing, that's pretty much the case. For sunscreen, remember that its effective SPF degrades with time, by sweating off, rubbing off, and/or photodegradation from solar UV. It's one of the reasons I use a very high SPF sunscreen so I don't need to continue reapplying throughout the day. If you read the instructions, the sunscreen makers would have you slathering it on at least every two hours, if not more often. There are occasions when that's not just infeasible, it's impossible. By using an extremely high 80-100 SPF, degradation to less than 30 takes quite a while. Been doing it for several years now and it works well with the better sunscreens.

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by Katlady on Mon May 11, 2015 12:16 AM

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Jalind - I would happily use a higher SPF if they made one in a non-greasy, everyday lotion type. Do you know of any? My plan right now is to use the light weight SPF 30 for every day use - running in and out of the grocery store type things. I'll use a water resistant higher SPF for any time I know I am going to spend significant time in the sun (taking kids to the park, pool, etc.) along with some long sleeve SPF 50 shirts. I just don't want to be all slimy for every day use!
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