Public Health
Sunscreen
Skin cancer has increased worldwide over the past years. As a result, more sunscreens are produced and used, mainly to protect from ultraviolet radiation. Prolonged exposure to intense sunlight without sunscreen causes several eye, immune and skin problems. The most vulnerable groups include: athletes, children, residents of high and sunny place and outdoor workers.
 
Health Application:
  • Choose 30 SPF or higher.
  • Re-apply it every 2 hours if you remain exposed to sunlight.
  • Check the product's expiry date.
  • If expiry date is not found, you can use it for three years if kept away from high temperature.
Prevention guidelines:
  • Wear clothes that cover as much as you can of your body.
  • Use sunglasses.
  • Use hats or umbrellas.
Misconceptions:
You can suffice with sunscreen protection without using other recommended ways.
 
Frequently asked questions:

  • When to see a doctor?
    • ​If you have vision problems.
    • Increased swelling.
    • Leaking pus.
    • More pain when touched.
  • Should I use sunscreen creams only in summer?
    • Sunscreen creams should be used daily even in winter as sunlight includes ultraviolet radiation, which is associated with skin problems and cancer. 
  • Do sunscreen creams cause cancer?
    • There is no evident relevance between sunscreen creams and cancer. Rather, these creams prevent harmful radiation that raise cancer rates. 
  • Are expensive products more effective?
    • Price is irrelevant to the product effectiveness. You should check the product's expiry date and ensure that it contains 30 SPF or higher. 
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Health Enhancement and Health Education General Department
For more information, 
please email us on: 
 Hpromotion@moh.gov.sa
 
 
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