Sunscreens: an overview and update

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Apr;64(4):748-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.01.005. Epub 2011 Feb 3.


Sunscreens are an important aspect of photoprotection. Their efficacy in reducing photocarcinogenesis and photoaging is widely documented. Although there are concerns regarding long-term sunscreen safety, the advantages of sunscreen use are far more compelling. In addition, novel technologies and ultraviolet filters are improving the aesthetics and efficacy of modern products.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Skin Aging*
  • Skin Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Sunscreening Agents / therapeutic use*


  • Sunscreening Agents