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SPF stands for sun protection factor. You’ve likely seen it on sunscreen labels. It’s a measure of how effective the product is at blocking the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Dermatologists typically recommend choosing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapplying it every two hours.

You can learn more about SPF and how sunscreen works when you watch this video. You’ll learn the importance of choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen, and you’ll learn how SPF 30 differs from other SPF numbers.

Dermatologists in Arlington Heights strongly encourage everyone to wear sunscreen every day for optimal protection against skin cancer. Call 847-392-5440 to request an appointment at Arlington Dermatology, and be sure to check out our available skin care products, including skin-friendly sunscreen.