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What should I know about using sunscreen if I have seborrheic keratoses?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Seborrheic keratoses are skin growths that may become irritated or scaly. Use caution when you go out in the sun. A sunburn can irritate the affected skin or cause additional skin irritation. If you notice any changes in your skin condition, talk with your doctor or dermatologist about your concerns and seek advice on how to manage the condition, including how to best protect the affected area from sun exposure.

Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every several hours for maximum protection. For conditions such as seborrheic keratoses, your dermatologist may suggest you use spray versions of sunscreen to reduce the chance that you will irritate your affected skin.

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