The Skin Cancer Foundation's Position on New Research Showing Link Between Sunscreen and Preventing Skin Aging

New York, NY (June 3, 2013): A new study published in the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine is the first research in humans to show definitively that sunscreen helps prevent photoaging- premature skin aging caused by the sun (press release here). Here is The Skin Cancer Foundation’s position:

“While there is an abundance of indirect evidence suggesting that sunscreen has anti-aging benefits, this is the first clinical human trial to show it. This study provides evidence that daily sunscreen use significantly slows skin aging, even in middle-aged men and women. Daily application of broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is an important part of the complete sun protection regimen that The Skin Cancer Foundation has always advocated, which also includes seeking shade, covering up with protective clothing including wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

Over the past 34 years, The Skin Cancer Foundation has made major strides in educating the public on the importance of sun protection. Still, each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. Our hope is that the knowledge that sunscreen will prevent wrinkles will encourage more people to protect themselves from the sun, which will reduce the incidence of skin cancer.”

Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD
Senior Vice President, The Skin Cancer Foundation


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About The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit