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Friday, August 31, 2007

Sun Protection for the Working Man

Labor Day weekend is here and for many guys that means one last chance to head out into the sunshine before cooler weather takes over. But before you start setting up that grill, consider your skin and what you need to do to protect it. Most men know that you should wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher than contains broad-spectrum protection, but did you know there are actually other factors beside sunlight that can contribute to a sunburn?

According to an article on WebMD, Beware of Sunburn Boosters, guys should keep an eye on the following medications and products:


Diuretics. Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a commonly used diuretic ("water pill") used to treat high blood pressure. Combination drugs, which contain HCTZ, include Maxide, Dyazide, Hyzaar, and Zestoretic.

Antibiotics. Tetracycline drugs, which include Sumycin, Tetracyn, and Vibramycin, are used to treat bacterial infections. Quinolone drugs like Cipro, which gained attention during the anthrax scare, and sulfa drugs, such as Bactrim, also heighten sun sensitivity. Cipro and Bactrim are antibiotics often used for urinary tract infections.

Skin care products. Retin-A, alpha hydroxy acid, and microdermabrasion products used to minimize wrinkles and improve skin tone make the skin more susceptible to sun damage.

Heart medications. Amiodarone, marketed under the brand name Cordarone, is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Diabetes medications. Glipizide, sold also under the brand name Glucotrol, is an oral medication for type 2 diabetes. Other related drugs include Amaryl and glyburide. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain drugs). NSAIDs include over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and the prescription drug Celebrex.

Balsam of Peru. This herbal ingredient is often used in perfumed products and aftershave lotions.

The solution? Be sure to keep sunscreen applications regular and consistent throughout the day, and cover up and sit in the shade if you're taking any of the above-mentioned medications.


For more tips on sun protection, see Sun Care in the Tips & Advice section on http://www.menscience.com/.

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