New Research Shows Link Between Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Aging: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Position

New York, NY (June 3, 2013): A new study (link here) published in the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine is the first to show a definitive link between sunscreen and skin aging. Here is The Skin Cancer Foundation’s position:

“While there is an abundance of indirect evidence suggesting a connection between sunscreen use and anti-aging, this is the first instance where clinical human trials show a definitive link. This study provides evidence that daily sunscreen use significantly slows skin aging, even in middle-aged men and women. Application of broad spectrum sunscreen 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