Local expert weighs in on best sunscreen to keep you protected

July 02, 2019 09:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Following the long winters in Rochester, it's unlikely that we think of a clear, summer day as a problem. But if you are not careful, too much sunshine can be problematic.  

When you go to the store, there are so many different types of sunscreen. Is there a specific one for my skin tone? Should I go with the highest SPF and call it a day?

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News10NBC Meteorologist Robert Speta spoke with Sherrif Ibrahim, a dermatologist at the University of Rochester, who knows the risks of using the wrong sunscreen.

"In general yes, the higher the SPF the better," Ibrahim said. "The higher the number, the more protection you have from sunburn and sun exposure. There is a threshold of sun exposure where everyone will get skin cancer. For sure, most patients we see in our center are more fair skin.”

But it's not just risky for people who have a tendency to burn; even people that tan well are at risk. 

“If you are someone that tans well, you can still run the risk of getting skin cancer," Ibrahim said.

Tanning and getting sunburnt literally changes your DNA. If you are a person who goes out of your way to get a tan, you may want to start rethinking that.  

For a look at when we will see those bright, sunny days, check out Rochester’s only 10-day forecast


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