EltaMD Sunscreen

Kallgren Dermatology Clinic is your dedicated dermatologist in Boulder. We know you love your active outdoor lifestyle but want to protect your skin, both for health of your skin and to avoid the aging associated with sun exposure. We carry several lines of quality skin care products to help you with the daily care of your skin. One of these skincare lines is EltaMD broad spectrum sunscreens. They protect against UVA/UVB rays, giving your skin the protection it needs and deserves.


Do barrier protect as well as Chemical sunscreen? Titanium Dioxide protects against UVB rays but not UVA, and Zinc oxide protects against both.


Are there an problems associated with barrier sunscreens?

Barrier sunscreen have a long history of use and are seen to be highly effective.

Titanium Dioxide can also irritate some skin types, zinc is generally safe as witnessed by its use as diaper cream. Application of this type of sunscreen is bothersome to some people. it is quite thick and is opaque, meaning it is visible. It leaves a slight white tint on the skin. It works so well because it basically reflects the sun’s rays away from the skin not allowing them to interact with the skin cells.


Are there problems associated with chemical sunscreens?

Yes. Depending on which ingredient is in your sunscreen there are risks. Oxybenzone called a ‘potential hormone disruptor” and retinyl palmitate has been described as a photo-carcinogen.


Check back for next week’s blog when we will continue to discuss sunscreen and sun damage. Next week: What effect does being at high altitude have on sun damage?