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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the best sunscreens to use to prevent skin cancer?

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    Is SPF 30 ideal? How often should it be applied? Are certain sunscreen brands better than others? How does zinc compare to sunscreen?
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  • Dr Mark McGovern

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Hi, my name is Mark McGovern. I am a qualified Cosmetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I have been in practice on the Sunshine Coast since … View Profile

    You should ensure that your sunscren has as high an SPF as possible - this after all stands for “sun protection factor”.

    Choosing a  mineral sunscreen with high levels of  titanium dioxide and / or zinc oxide will give you excellent cover without the exposure to chemicals that you get when using chemical sunscreens.

    You can tell the main ingerdients on any label, as they are listed in order of % content. If the mineral components (zinc/ titanium dioxide) are not high on the list, then choose a sunscreen which does.

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