Patients begin to be aware that skin cancer is the cancer that has increased its incidence in recent years and that the most important factor for the development of skin cancer and melanoma is sun exposure. It is remarkable the change of attitude I have seen in the parents of my patients. In these times of the year there is no father who does not ask me about what photoprotection should be used for their children. However, this changes in my adolescent patients, for whom it is often more important to get dark now than to prevent morning melanoma or wrinkles within 20 years.
The recommended photoprotection will depend on the type of skin: light skins that never tan require a higher protection index than brown skins. Today the recommended minimum protection index is 30.
The texture of the photoresist
When we choose a photoresist, the first thing that should matter to us is that it protects adequately, that is to say that it is a protector of broad spectrum. Once this is assured, we must choose the most appropriate texture according to the place of application, the type of skin, the activity that is going to be done outdoors and the age of the patient. To cite some examples: it is not the same to apply a photoresist in hairy areas than in hairless skin; skins with acne tendency will require sunscreens that are not greasy; if an intense activity is to be carried out in the water, the photoresist must be resistant to water; If a protector is to be applied to the face and sweating is anticipated, it can not be irritating to the eyes; in children they must be especially resistant to water and friction.
The pleasant texture is a decisive factor to favor the adherence to the treatment. In my daily practice, when I ask teenagers why they do not apply sunscreen, some people respond that they do not see the importance or the need but many others do not apply it because it is too "sticky"; because they do not like to be "like a mummy"; they are annoyed that the sand gets stuck; They do not like the smell.
The new textures in oil and the new dry touches that come from Brazil are the great novelty of this season. I think that the textures in oil give a silky finish to the skin that pleases especially for the body. On the other hand, the finished dry touches make it barely noticeable that a photoprotector has been applied. The finished dry touches are very suitable for the face. A greasy appearance on the face is not very cosmetic and, as I mentioned earlier, many sunscreens that we apply to the forehead, when sweating, slip into the eyes and produce irritations.. The new textures in oil I see them very suitable for the body, arms and legs.
However, the same can be used although there are textures that are more suitable for the face (dry touches, fluids) and others for the body. Also, formats and presentations are also important. For the face we may be interested in a smaller format, which we can always carry over and for the body we will need bigger formats or more comfortable application forms. We can also be interested in a more opaque texture to apply at home and a texture like the spray that is more comfortable for reapplications that we must do while we are exposed to the sun.