Sun damage may start earlier than current studies suggest

MORE sunscreen research is needed to evaluate protection and tolerance in babies and toddlers as evidence accumulates that ultraviolet radiation-induced skin changes may begin very early in life, skin specialists say.

Data is needed to establish standards of care for early childhood sun protection as skin remains immature throughout at least the first two years of life, say experts, who included paediatric dermatologists from three countries and Johnson & Johnson researchers.

“Results of recent research have suggested that skin possesses unique properties and vulnerability in infants and toddlers, which