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Sunburn Prevention on Pre-Existing Scar
lana1975ky posted:
I have had large, diabetic sores on each leg that have both only recently healed. My physician has given me clearance to go to the beach, but I wonder how much sunblock should I use on the newly formed scar? Isn't it more sensitive and at risk for sunburn than the rest of my skin? Thanks for any help!
atti_editor responded:
Hi lana1975ky,

Here is some information that I found about sunscreen and scars: "Sun protection is vital for minimizing a scar and preventing hyperpigmentation, says California dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD. She recommends a sunscreen with zinc or titanium dioxide -- blocking agents protect against UVA and UVB rays. Look for a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher." There are some other good tips about what works and what does not in regards to reducing the appearance of scars in this article . Hope this helps!

Best wishes,
lana1975ky replied to atti_editor's response:

Thanks SO much! That information was VERY helpful when we went to the beach last week!

Take care,


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