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A sunscreen allergy can ruin your fun time in the sun.  It's no fun to plan a great weekend and then your skim turns a bright red and itches all over.  But what is it and what can we do?

Sunscreen Allergy Rash

A sunscreen allergy could be a bad red skin rash.  A sun lotion allergy (sometimes known as contact dermatitis) are thought to caused by the chemicals in the sunscreen.  Sunscreen allergies can also be caused by the fragrances and preservatives found in the sunscreen.  Contact dermatitis is normally an itchy blister on the skin.  This kind of skin rash is normally caused by the direct contact of a chemical substance on the skin.  Symptoms usually develop within a few minutes after applying sun lotion.

Sunscreen Allergy

Chemicals Used In Sunscreens

These are the most common chemicals in sunscreens and tanning lotions that may cause an allergic reaction:

  • Butyl methoxy dibenzoylmethane
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone and benzophenone-3
  • Methoxycinnamate based eg Octyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens (synthetic preservatives)
  • Fragrances
  • Petrochemicals
  • PABA (4-Aminobenzoic acid)
  • Octocrylene

Symptoms Of Sunblock/Sunscreen Allergy

Not everyone has the same symptoms, but the most common sunscreen allergy symptoms could include:

  • Red rashes
  • Itchy and/or burning feeling in and around the affected area
  • Blisters and/or hives
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing

These should not be confused with seasonal allergies or food allergies that many people have.

Different Types Of Sunscreen

There are many different types of sunscreen on the market.  Words like "organic" and "natural" can be misleading so you'll need to know what to look for when buying your sunscreen.  

  • SPF 15 or higher for UVB protection.  The SPF factor rates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing sunburn caused by UVB rays
  • Pick a hypoallergenic sunscreen 
  • Water and sweat resistance
  • A sunscreen that uses "physical blockers" like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide
  • Hats, long sleeves, and long pants go a long way
  • You may need to test different sunscreens until you find which one works best for you.
  • If your symptoms persist you'll need to contact a dermatologist or health care provider. 

Your doctor should be able to run the proper tests to check if you have a real allergic reaction to your sunscreen.  If you have sensitive skin or skin that reacts to sunscreen, you should stay clear of chemical sunscreens.  Try a natural alternative made from titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

And remember articles like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and UV protective clothing.  You can wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves, and pants if you don't want to slather yourself down with a lotion or if you're in a rush and don't have the time.

Benefits Of Mineral Sunscreens

More people than ever have a sunscreen allergy, or at minimum, a skin irritation to certain sun blockers.  Choosing a sunscreen that reflects rather than absorbs ultraviolet radiation is the best way to go.  Good mineral sunscreens can:

  • Protect your from broad spectrum UV rays.
  • Not irritate your skin.
  • Can be reapplied for maximum protection.
  • Turns clear after application.
  • Protects your skin immediately.
Sunscreen Allergy

Best Selling Mineral Sunscreens

  • Neutrogena Sheer Zinc
  • Esthederm No Sun 100% Mineral Screen Protective Care
  • Ombrelle Ultra Light Advanced 100% Mineral Tinted Face Lotion with SPF 60
  • Avène Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ 
  • Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Fragrance-Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin with SPF 30
  • DCL Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories Antioxidant Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Best Sunscreen Alternatives

Sunscreens are not the only way to protect yourself for the sun.  Many people choose to:

  • Wear hats, long sleeves, and long pants
  • Use an umbrella
  • Stay in the shade
  • Limit sun exposure
  • Plan events in the morning and/or evening when the sun isn't the strongest.  11 a.m. - 4 p.m. are the sun's peak hours.

Remember to keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight.  If there is protection available, use a natural sunscreen that is formulated for babies.  Exposed areas like the hands and face need a little more protection. The wrong sunscreen on your little one may cause a bad skin reaction.  If you have a child over 6 months old, choose one that has natural ingredients and is chemical free.

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