108. Photoprotection

  1. Alan D. Irvine MD, FRCPI, FRCP2,3,
  2. Peter H. Hoeger MD4,5 and
  3. Albert C. Yan MD, FAAP, FAAD6,7
  1. Robin L. Hornung MD

Published Online: 24 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch108

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

How to Cite

Hornung, R. L. (2011) Photoprotection, in Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition (eds A. D. Irvine, P. H. Hoeger and A. C. Yan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch108

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  2. 3

    Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

  3. 4

    University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  4. 5

    Catholic Children's Hospital Wilhelmstift, Hamburg, Germany

  5. 6

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  6. 7

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Dermatology, The Everett Clinic, Everett, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176958

Online ISBN: 9781444345384

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Keywords:

  • photoageing;
  • photoprotection;
  • photoprotective clothing;
  • skin cancer;
  • sunburn;
  • sunscreens;
  • ultraviolet radiation;
  • vitamin D synthesis

Summary

This chapter summarizes the properties of solar radiation with a specific focus on ultraviolet radiation (UVR). There is a review of the early, acute effects and the late, longer term effects of UVR on the skin. These cutaneous effects include vitamin D synthesis, sunburn, increased pigmentation, epidermal thickening, immunological alterations, photoageing and photocarcinogenesis. Photoprotection of the skin is then reviewed, both endogenous and exogenous protection. Included is a review on sunscreens, including their efficacy and their adverse effects. Photoprotective clothing is also discussed, as well as personal behavioural and environmental modifcations which promote the prevention of photodamage to the skin.