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It’s Mnemonic Monday! UVA Chemical Blockers

On this Mnemonic Monday, we challenge you to remember UVA blockers that are Chemical or Organic compound with the following mnemonic:


Benzophenones (ex: Oxybenzone)  
Ecamsule (aka: Mexoryl SX) 
Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) 
Methyl anthranilate

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Study More!

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Further Reading

Check out the following article recently published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD):

The State of Sunscreens in the US: Caveat Emptor

American sunscreens remain effective at minimizing sunburn but are more limited in their protection against UVA mediated skin disorders such as photoaging and non-melanoma skin cancers compared to certain international products. Fortunately, mineral blockers which protect against both UVA and UVB are becoming more widely used as formulations have been improved. The time has come in this complex, confusing, and competitive sunscreen market for dermatologists to take the lead in providing a framework by which our patients can make informed choices. We provide this summary as an aid to ensure that we provide our patients with clear, concise, and helpful information regarding sun protection. Read the full article here.

J Drugs Dermatol. 2020;19(8):799-801.

Test your knowledge!

What is the most common sunscreen agent to cause photoallergic contact dermatitis?

A: Benzophenone-3


C: Oxybenzone

D: Avobenzone

E: Titanium dioxide

To find out the correct answer and read the explanation, click here.

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