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13.8.1. Sunscreen preparations

1st choiceAnthelios® sunscreen lotion SPF
50+ (La Roche-Posay)
Uvistat® SPF 30 or 50
Uvistat® Lipscreen SPF 50

Only prescribe where ACBS criteria are met

Prescribing Notes

  • Sunscreens are only prescribable for ACBS approved conditions i.e. skin protection against UV radiation in abnormal cutaneous photosensitivity resulting from genetic disorders or photodermatoses (including vitiligo, lupus erythematosus, hydroa vacciniforme, solar urticaria and rare genoderamoses such as xeroderma pigmentosum) , those resulting from radiotherapy, chronic or recurrent herpes simplex labialis, or evidence of photosensitivity caused by drugs such as demeclocycline, phenothiazines or amiodarone. For further details see PrescQIPP Sunscreens bulletin
  • Endorse all appropriate prescriptions with ‘ACBS’
  • Patients medically advised to minimise sunlight exposure may be at risk from vitamin D deficiency and should be advised to purchase a Vitamin D supplement
  • For optimum photoprotection, sunscreen preparations should be applied thickly and frequently (approximately 2 hourly)
  • Preparations with an SPF less than 30 should not be prescribed

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