Sunscreen: Improving User Adherence

The barriers to sunscreen adherence that are typically cited include cost, cosmesis, forgetfulness, societal influences, and confusing messages about efficacy and safety. Without doubt, the aesthetic or cosmetic properties of sunscreen, such as texture and feel, also contribute to sub-optimal use.

The opaque quality and greasiness of sunscreen are among the common complaints made by consumers. In a survey of Australian dermatology clinic outpatients, greasiness was a barrier to sunscreen use, and a survey of UK dermatology patients revealed a preference for lighter cream-based emollient rather than greasier emollients. In addition, among outdoor workers in Germany, the cosmetic properties, sweat resistance, and usability of sunscreen (including non-irritation of the eyes) under outdoor working conditions were found to be key factors in the overall acceptance of daily sunscreen use in a randomised study.

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Source: Research Review

Associate Professor Pascale Guitera, Dr Annika Smith (Melanoma Institute Australia), Dr Louise Reiche (New Zealand)


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