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Can sunscreen prevent the recurrence of cheilitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
People who suffer from cheilitis should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation are particularly damaging and may lead to actinic cheilitis. A sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater should be applied. However, some chemicals found in sunscreens such as hyrdoxybenzoates, may cause photosensitivity and aggravate the condition.

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