Dr Andrew Birnie

Dr Andrew Birnie is a speaker at the SCFSA online Skin Cancer Update.

Topic: Current Controversies in Sunscreen Formulations

BSc (Hons) FRCP (London)

Abstract:
Topic: Current Controversies in Sunscreen Formulations
Job title:
Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon, Canterbury, UK
Medical Director, Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen

In 2015 Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen was launched by Dr Birnie with the aim of reducing the incidence of skin cancer through the increased use of high-quality sunscreen. It has become the best-selling online sunscreen in the UK.

This presentation will share many of the lessons learned in how to articulate the sun protection message in a meaningful way, focusing on the challenges presented by some of the more topical controversies.

These will include the challenges of social media, UVA protection, reef-safe formulations, the possibility that sunscreen may cause cancer, and visible/infra-red protection.

2012-Present

Consultant

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon, Canterbury, UK

Altruist Dermatological sunscreen

An exceptional quality sunscreen sold at the lowest price possible with the aim of allowing more people to use more sunscreen and thus reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

2010-2011

South Africa

Trained the local dermatologists in both basic and advanced skin cancer surgery.

Dr. Andrew Birnie’s history and accolades

 
Andrew is a consultant dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon in Canterbury, England, where he leads the skin cancer MDT. Dermatology training took place in Nottingham, followed by a Mohs fellowship in Cardiff.
 
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and a member of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology, the Dermatologic and Aesthetic Surgery International League, in addition to the British Association of Dermatologists, and the British Society for Dermatological Surgery.
 
In 2010, he spent a year in Durban, South Africa where he helped set up a skin cancer centre, offering free treatment for those who could not afford care, from which he trained the local dermatologists in both basic and advanced skin cancer surgery.
 
He launched Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen in 2015 with the aim of reducing the incidence of skin cancer through the increased use of high-quality sunscreen. Since then, Altruist has become the leading online sunscreen brand in the UK. As a result of this project, Andrew has learned that there is another world of formulation and sunscreen science, along with rising to the challenges of communicating a consistent message to the public. Dr Birnie is a consultant dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon working in Canterbury, UK, where he leads the skin cancer multidisciplinary team.