The Derm Review has published a survey on consumer usage of sunscreen. It surveyed 1,000 Americans for the report, with around 49% male and 51% female.
In the report, out of those surveyed:
- 56% reported rarely or never using sunscreen.
- 35% reported never wearing sunscreen.
- 19% reported using sunscreen daily.
Out of the male participants, 62% reported rarely or never wearing sunscreen and 50% of female reported that way.
Those who aren't applying sunscreen regularly are forfeiting a 40% protection from skin cancer.
The low numbers of those wearing sunscreen correlates with the increase of newly-diagnosed melanoma cases throughout the past decade (2011 – 2021). The annual rate increased by 44%.
A study conducted on 429 individuals revealed reasons for not using sunscreen:
- 33.7% of people don’t like the way it feels.
- 15.3% of people don’t use it because they don’t have time.
- 16.4% of people find sunscreens too costly.