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What should I know about using sunscreen if I have pityriasis versicolor?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have been diagnosed with pityriasis versicolor, be especially careful to protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen and do not use a tanning bed or sun lamp. A tan can make the dry patches and discoloration from pityriasis versicolor easier to see.

When you use sunscreen, make sure you use a product that offers UVA and UVB protection. The package should say "broad spectrum." Also, the sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. In addition, with pityriasis versicolor, it is best to use a non-oily sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a very important part of good skin care. If you have any questions about sun protection with pityriasis versicolor, talk to your doctor or dermatologist.

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