Dosimetric investigation of the solar erythemal UV radiation protection provided by beards and moustaches

Parisi, A. V. and Turnbull, D. J. and Downs, N. and Smith, D. (2012) Dosimetric investigation of the solar erythemal UV radiation protection provided by beards and moustaches. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 150 (3). 278-282 . ISSN 0144-8420

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A dosimetric technique has been employed to establish the amount of erythemal UV radiation protection provided by facial hair considering the influence of solar zenith angle (SZA) and beard/moustache length. The facial hair reduced the exposure ratios to approximately one third of those to the sites with no hair. The variation of the exposure ratios over the different sites was reduced compared to the case with no beard. The ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) provided by the facial hair ranged from 2 to 21. The UPF decreases with increasing SZA. The minimum UPF was for the 53-62o range. The longer hair provides a higher UPF at the smaller SZA, but the difference between the protection provided by the longer hair compared to the shorter hair reduces with increasing SZA. Protection from UV radiation is provided by the facial hair, however it is not very high, particularly at the higher SZA.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 00:13
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 23:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: beards; moustached; UV; dosimeter; skin cancer; solar; erythemal
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncr418

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