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Question #1191 posted on 10/29/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do they calculate SPF?

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A: Dear Will,
They (meaning the dermatology community) calculate an average skin protection level, and then the SPF is however many times more protection the sun block provides. Thus, SPF 30 sun block has 30 times the UV protection than your normal skin. I'm assuming that they use a fairly sensitive skin level as average, because burnable people are the ones that use sun block.