Son: FEBEA recalls the importance of protecting children

This is a topic where studies follow each other and establish the same observation: Despite growing information, advice on sun protection is still being followed too little. And the result is sadly relentless: the incidence of skin cancer continues to rise, in France and around the world. In France, 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are registered each year, including more than 11,000 new cases of melanoma.

However, 90% of these cancers, mainly due to excessive exposure to UV, could be avoided, thanks to adequate protection, due to a sensible consumption of the sun … and this from early childhood.

During the week of prevention and awareness around targeted skin cancer screening, from 12 to 17 Junemobilizes the Federation of Beauty Companies (FEBEA) together with the National Association of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV), to remind people of the importance of protecting themselves from the sun and using sun protection from an early age.

Children still too vulnerable

Remember that children under the age of three should never be exposed to the sun and that others should avoid the hours of strongest sunlight, wear appropriate protective clothing and use sunscreen when exposure is unavoidable. A message that is not always clearly explained by the manufacturers of sunscreen products, whose products – increasingly effective – sometimes lead to behaviors contrary to the desired effect.

According to [une enquête [1] performed with parents and grandparents during the summer of 2021->,20340]66% of children were exposed between kl. 11.00 and 17.00. , the hottest hours of the day, and more than 1/3 were hot for more than two hours. While the use of sunscreen is almost automatic for children (94%), only 1 in 5 children benefited from an application every two hours on days with full sun! And 3 out of 10 children have had at least one sunburn during the summer. Or else, 30% of parents said they use sunscreen products to allow for long-term exposure of their child in the sun.

The situation is alarming: even though the French are informed, they are still not using the right reflexes to protect their skin during sun exposure. About limiting sun exposure, clothing protection remains a prioritywe remind you that applying sunscreen products to uncovered parts is essential for all times when exposure can not be avoided reminiscent of Dr. Luc Sulimovic, President of the Syndicat des Dermatologues de France.

Specific risks

If adults, to varying degrees depending on their skin phototype, also have an interest in limiting their exposure to the sun, children pose special risks that justify increased protection.

Until puberty, the skin and eyes are fragile and more sensitive to UV rays. Sunburn and repeated exposure until puberty are a major cause of the development of skin cancer (melanoma) in adulthood “, Remember Francoise AudebertScientific Adviser to FEBEA.

The youngest’s skin is actually finer and its pigment system is still immature. In addition, children have more time to develop diseases with a long latency period.

Thus, Françoise Audebert specifies that it is important to preserve the famous solar capital, which represents all means of defending the skin against the harmful effects of the sun. ” This capital is acquired at birth, it is non-renewable and depends on the individual phototype “.

FEBEA specifies that in order to be effective for children, sunscreen must: have a high index (WHO recommends SPF 50 or SPF 50+ protection to protect children and babies, knowing that exposure of young children is strongly discouraged before 3 years), resist water, because swimming and sweating due to their outdoor activities are more frequent in children than in adults and are applied frequently (every two hours and after each swim, in large quantities and in all exposed areas, not to forget the neck, ears and temples), which require a formula that is easy to apply).

Finally, FEBEA emphasizes sun protection – however effective it may be – should in no way encourage the prolongation of sun exposure; or expose babies under three years of age.

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