Is Higher SPF Better?

Last Modified: August 13, 2012


Is it always better to get the highest SPF sunscreen I can find?


Rachel Woods, RN, Nurse for the Surgical Dermatology Program at Penn Medicine responds:

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreens with an SPF no lower than 30. Once you go above 50, there is a very small difference in protection. The key is to reapply often no matter what you are least every 2 hours.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Sun Safety Webchat transcript.