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Sun protection factor determination in vivo using a single exposure on sunscreen-protected skin

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Determining sunscreen sun protection factors (SPFs) in a cohort of volunteers, particularly on products designed to provide high levels of protection, can be time-consuming. The conventional approach is to administer to each subject a series of exposures (normally between five and seven) on their sunscreen-protected skin. Method:

A method, based on Gaussian statistics, is proposed that requires just a single exposure on the sunscreen-protected skin in volunteers to arrive at a reliable estimate of the mean SPF of a test product. Results/Conclusion:

The method is shown to yield an estimate of a product's mean SPF that is comparable, or better, in accuracy to estimates obtained by conventional multi-exposure testing.

Keywords: phototesting; statistics; sun protection factor; sunscreens

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-12-01

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