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January 1964

A Practical Sunscreen— "Red Vet Pet"

Author Affiliations


Resident in Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic (Dr. MacEachern); Head of Department of Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic, and Associate Professor of Dermatology, Dartmouth Medical School (Dr. Jillson).

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(1):147-150. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590250153027

During World War II, red veterinary petrolatum (RVP) was found to be the most practical and effective sun-screening agent available. It was, therefore, standard equipment in life rafts and vehicles engaged in tropical warfare. After the War, Luckiesh1 was permitted to publish his findings on this compound.

Since then, only brief and sometimes adverse comments have appeared in the literature on the use of RVP as a sun-protective preparation.2,3 We have found RVP to be an ideal sunscreen, effective not only against the usual sunburn spectrum, but also against longer wavelengths of light. Therefore, this report is presented on our clinical experience over a period of three years with RVP in addition to the following investigations with this compound.

Methods  The following experiments were carried out: (a) A portion of the back of a red-headed, young white male was exposed to one hour of June sunlight at noon,

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