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A new method to quantify the application thickness of sunscreen on skin

Bauer, Ulrike, O’Brien, Dominique S., & Kimlin, Michael G. (2010) A new method to quantify the application thickness of sunscreen on skin. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 86(6), pp. 1397-1403.

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Abstract

Proper application of sunscreen is essential as an effective public health strategy for skin cancer prevention. Insufficient application is common among sunbathers, results in decreased sun protection and may therefore lead to increased UV damage of the skin. However, no objective measure of sunscreen application thickness (SAT) is currently available for field-based use. We present a method to detect SAT on human skin for determining the amount of sunscreen applied and thus enabling comparisons to manufacturer recommendations. Using a skin swabbing method and subsequent spectrophotometric analysis, we were able to determine SAT on human skin. A swabbing method was used to derive SAT on skin (in mg sunscreen per cm2 of skin area) through the concentration–absorption relationship of sunscreen determined in laboratory experiments. Analysis differentiated SATs between 0.25 and 4 mg cm−2 and showed a small but significant decrease in concentration over time postapplication. A field study was performed, in which the heterogeneity of sunscreen application could be investigated. The proposed method is a low cost, noninvasive method for the determination of SAT on skin and it can be used as a valid tool in field- and population-based studies.

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ID Code: 38505
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: UV, Sunscreen, quantification, swab, skin cancer prevention
DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2010.00816.x
ISSN: 0031-8655
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors. Journal Compilation. The American Society of Photobiology
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2010 10:01
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:23

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