Physical sunscreens, such as zinc oxide, are usually
thick white or colored cream. They prevent the skin from being
exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. They are useful for high-risk areas such
as the nose, lips, and shoulders. It's safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. Use sunscreens on children older than 6 months.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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