Sun protection products

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There are many benefits of going out in the sun, the most important being that it is essential for your body to get the required amount of vitamin D. Not getting enough sunlight can lead to a vitamin D deficiency and will require you to take supplements. However, there is one downside to the sun. Its powerful ultraviolet rays can penetrate the skin and cause long-lasting damage if you are not protected. It can also trigger photosensitive skin reactions, particularly when taking certain medications.

The benefits of sun protection cream

How can we protect ourselves from these harmful rays of light? One way is to cover every area of skin with clothing, however, this alone doesn’t provide complete protection. There is a much more effective way to ensure sun protection.

Sun cream was first produced by L’Oréal in 1936 and revolutionised sun protection. Sunburn can cause the skin to become red, warm to the touch, sore and itchy. This can last for up to a week and can leave lasting damage. The temporary symptoms may only last a short while, but getting sunburnt can increase your chances of getting certain serious health problems later in life, such as skin cancer.

Using a high factor sun cream can combat the sun’s rays and ensure your skin stays protected as well as stop premature ageing of the skin. If you are taking medication, this can be even more important as your skin’s sensitivity to the sun can be increased. Using sun cream can reduce the risk of photosensitivity.

Drugs that can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun

Patients on certain drugs are more sensitive to the sun and the drugs can cause serious skin reactions. Therefore it is essential that patients at risk apply SPF50 sun cream regularly to protect themselves against skin damage. We have compiled a list of medications that are likely to increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, and anyone on these medications should be using SPF50 sun cream to protect their skin.

  • Antibiotics (4-quinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides)
  • Antihistamines (diphenhydramine)
  • Malaria medications (quinine, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine)
  • Cancer chemotherapy drugs (5-fluorouracil [5-FU, Efudex])
  • Cardiac drugs (amiodarone, nifedipine, quinidine, diltiazem)
  • Diuretics (furosemide, thiazides, hydrochlorothiazide)
  • Diabetic drugs (sulfonylureas [chlorpropamie])
  • Painkillers (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [naproxen, piroxicam]
  • Acne medications (isotretinoin, acitretin)
  • Psychiatric drugs (phenothiazines [chlorpromazine], tricyclic antidepressants [desipramine and imipramine])

Ashtons have a range of sun creams above SPF30 to help ensure your patient’s skin will be protected. From an infection control perspective, we recommend that you use one bottle labelled per patient rather than sharing between patients on a ward.

The sun protection products we recommend are:

  • 2290690 UVISTAT SUN CRM SPF50 125ML
  • 2583359 NIVEA SUN AFTERSUN SPR 200ML
  • 2292464 NIVEA SUN SUNSPR SPF50+ 200ML
  • 2764033 SUNSENSE ULTRA SP50+ 50ML

What is “Aftersun”?

If you do happen to get sunburnt, it is important to use moisturiser or, even better, “Aftersun”, to soothe the skin and improve the healing process. We recommend the following:

  • 2583359 NIVEA SUN AFTERSUN SPR 200ML
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