(1997; 132 pages) [French] [Spanish]
SPF 15 or above, broad-spectrum
Cream or ointment
Titanium dioxide is an inert compound that is used in powders, creams or ointments as a protectant against solar radiation. In the microfine form, which is being used with increasing frequency, it is a white powder and is placed in suspension in concentrations varying from 1% to 10%. This form may be used in association with ultraviolet radiation-absorbing agents. In the standard form it may be used at concentrations of up to 25%.
To prevent sunburn, premature ageing of the skin, and skin cancer and related lesions. It may also provide protection from photosensitive disorders caused by sunlight in both the ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B range.
Dosage and administration
Adults and children: products containing titanium dioxide in the microfine form should be applied to all exposed areas of skin at least 30 minutes before exposure to sunlight. Creams or ointments containing high concentrations of the standard form are suitable for use on small areas of sensitive skin such as the nose, cheeks and ears.
The microfine form may have a slightly opalescent appearance in suspension which may make it cosmetically unacceptable for some people. The standard form is unsuitable for use on large areas of skin because of its colour, smell and texture.
Preparations should be stored below 30 °C.