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Skin cancer awareness campaigns have educated the public on the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of using sunscreen before going outside. In addition to lowering one’s risk of developing skin cancer, researchers in Australia have found that daily use of sunscreen significantly reduces skin aging. What exactly did this study find?
To accurately determine whether daily sunscreen usage reduces skin aging, researchers at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, studied 903 adults below the age of 55, randomly assigned to one of four groups: daily usage of broad-spectrum sunscreen and 30 mg of beta-carotene, daily sunscreen usage and a placebo, irregular sunscreen usage and 30 mg of beta-carotene, and irregular sunscreen usage and a placebo. Microphotography was used to keep track of skin aging. These groups were studied over the course of four and a half years.
At the end of the study, the groups that used sunscreen daily showed no increase in skin aging, appearing 24 percent younger than those who did not use sunscreen daily. The effects of beta-carotene on skin aging, however, were inconclusive; additional research will be necessary to determine whether it can significantly reduce skin aging. If a lowered risk of skin cancer was not enough motivation for daily sunscreen usage, minimized skin aging should be a good push. People today will do nearly anything to maintain a youthful appearance, so a daily regimen as simple and inexpensive as sunscreen should be easy to follow.
Although daily sunscreen usage does lower one’s risk of developing skin cancer, regular complete body examinations are still necessary to detect skin cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. In the event that you or your loved one have skin cancer, our board-certified Mohs surgeons have successfully performed many surgeries. Likewise, signs of aging may still be present, even with diligent sunscreen usage. If signs of aging are your concern, our board-certified dermatologists can offer the latest solutions, including fillers and non-invasive skin tightening. Whatever your skin concern, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.