Patterns of Sunscreen Use on the Face and Other Exposed Skin among US Adults
Published Date:May 19 2015
Source:J Am Acad Dermatol. 73(1):83-92.e1.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4475428
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
Sunscreen is a common form of sun protection, but little is known about patterns of use.
To assess patterns of sunscreen use on the face and other exposed skin among US adults.
Using cross-sectional data from the 2013 Summer ConsumerStyles survey (N= 4,033), we calculated descriptive statistics and adjusted risk ratios to identify characteristics associated with regular sunscreen use (always/most of the time when outside on a warm sunny day for 1+ hour).
Few adults regularly used sunscreen on the face (men: 18.1%, 95% Confidence Interval [CI]: 15.8–20.6; women: 42.6%, 95% CI 39.5–46.7), other exposed skin (men: 19.9%, 95% CI 17.5–22.6; women: 34.4%, 95% CI 31.5–37.5), or both the face and other exposed skin (men: 14.3%, 95% CI: 12.3–16.6; women: 29.9%, 95% CI: 27.2–32.8). Regular use was associated with sun-sensitive skin, a household income ≥$60,000, and meeting aerobic activity guidelines (Ps < 0.05). Nearly 40% of users were unsure if their sunscreen provided broad spectrum protection.
Reliance on self-report and lack of information on sunscreen reapplication or other sun-safety practices.
Sunscreen use is low, especially among certain demographic groups. These findings can inform sun-safety interventions and the interpretation of surveillance data on sunscreen use.
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