Patient Buzz: Is Powdered Sunscreen Effective? – The Expert Weighs In

Allure recently published an article on powdered sunscreen, noting the popularity of new products on the market. But is powder an effective sunscreen vehicle? How should you direct your patients?

For an expert opinion, I consulted dermatologist Steven Q. Wang, MD, director of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, N.J.

How does powdered sunscreens compare in effectiveness with lotion and spray sunscreen?

Powdered sunscreen is not as effective as lotion and spray sunscreen. In fact, in the latest 2019 FDA proposed rule, the FDA deemed that powdered sunscreen needs more data.

In what situations is powder the best sunscreen delivery vehicle?

Currently in the marketplace, powder sunscreen is only used in makeup. Powder sunscreen should not be the only or the first line of dosage form.

What guidance should dermatologists give their patients about powdered sunscreen?

Patients should consider using other dosage forms of sunscreen, such as lotion or cream.

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