13.8.1. Sunscreen preparations

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ChoiceDrugDosage
1st choice Anthelios® XL SPF50+ Melt-in cream 50mls

Dose:
Apply as directed

or
SunSense® Ultra 50+
50mls/125mls/500mls

Dose:
Apply as directed

2nd choiceUvistat® SPF 30 or 50
125mls
Dose:
Apply as directed
or
Uvistat® Lipscreen SPF 50Dose:
Apply as directed

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.
  • 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 normally be prescribed.