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Sunblocks to Prevent Sunburn

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Physical sunscreens or sunblocks, such as zinc oxide, are usually thick white or colored cream. Sunblocks have an SPF of 15 or higher and prevent the skin from being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. They are useful for high-risk areas such as the nose, lips, and shoulders. It's safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. Use sunscreens on children older than 6 months.

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By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised August 28, 2013

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