Ultraviolet radiation protection: current available resources in photoprotection.

Anais brasileiros de dermatologia

PubMedID: 21987140

Balogh TS, Velasco MV, Pedriali CA, Kaneko TM, Baby AR. Ultraviolet radiation protection: current available resources in photoprotection. An Bras Dermatol. 2011;86(4):732-42.
Ultraviolet radiation can damage the DNA, cause immunosuppression, chemical and histological alterations in the epidermis, early photoaging, cataracts and carcinogenesis, among others. Photoprotection prevents these and other harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Sunscreens, protective clothing, proper accessories and safe sun exposure are essential photoprotection tools. The main forms of photoprotection are presented and discussed in this article, including sunscreens containing organic and inorganic filters, the assessment of their efficacy and current developments on the topic.