The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Drug Side Effects

Can You Avoid Skin Damage Without Sunscreen?

Are you concerned that sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into your body? Can you prevent skin damage without sunscreen or is that an impossible goal?

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Alternative Health

Is it Safe to Get Vitamin D From the Sun?

Sunscreens are under a bit of a cloud. They prevent vitamin D formation. Pills may not be all that effective. Can you get vitamin D from the Sun? How much?

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Drug Side Effects

Sunscreen Gets Under Your Skin | Is It Safe?

A new study shows that a common sunscreen ingredient, oxybenzone, is readily absorbed through the skin into the body. Should you worry?

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Does Sunscreen Prevent Skin Cancer? Dermatologist Is Irate!

If you visit a dermatologist the chances are good that you will be reminded to slather on the sunscreen. But is there a good answer to the question: Does sunscreen prevent skin cancer?

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Sunburn

How Well Do Sunscreens Work to Prevent Skin Cancer?

If you follow your dermatologist's recommendation, you do NOT go out in the sun without sunscreen. But how good is the evidence that sunscreens prevent skin cancer?

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Sunburn

Can You Find a Good Sunscreen Without Oxybenzone?

Oxybenzone (aka BP-3) is found in many effective sunscreens, but it is a suspected hormone disruptor. Are there sunscreens without it?

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Sunburn

How Can You Protect Your Nose from Sunburn?

A modern sunscreen containing microfine zinc oxide can protect skin from sunburn without leaving a ghostly white residue.

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Home Remedies

Should You Take Vitamin D for Your Sunburn?

A high-dose vitamin D3 pill helped heal a sunburn more rapidly. While you should still avoid excess sun exposure, this may one day soothe suffering.

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Alternative Health

How to Soothe Sunburn with Greek Yogurt

Of all the remedies readers recommend to soothe sunburn, Greek yogurt might be one of the most unusual.

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Sunburn

Finding Sunscreens That Don’t Make You Itch

Sunscreens help protect skin against dangerous ultraviolet exposure, but finding one that doesn't cause dermatitis can be a challenge.

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Drug Side Effects

You Could Be Risking Bad Sunburns If You Are Taking One of These Common Medications

Most people are not warned that some medications can sensitize the skin to the sun's rays. Ultraviolet radiation plus drugs can lead to a bad sunburn.

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Sunburn

Will Using Sunscreen Lead to Vitamin D Deficiency?

Sunscreen blocks vitamin D formation in the skin, but proper use provides skin protection from sunburn and still allows for some vitamin D manufacture.

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Home Remedies

Does Chocolate Prevent Sunburn?

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Drug Side Effects

Drugs That Increase Sun Sensitivity and Skin Cancer

Research has shown that certain medications (such as the diuretic HCTZ) can increase sun sensitivity and may predispose people to squamous cell skin cancer.

Sunburn

Lycopene Reduces Ultraviolet Skin Damage