All You Need to Know About Sunscreen Allergy
Applying sunscreen is necessary especially when we love staying under the sun with too much skin exposed. Sunscreen protects our skin from harmful ultra violet rays from the sun. We need to protect our skin because the harmful UV rays, UVB and UVA can cause burn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer. However, not everyone’s skin is safe with sunscreen products. There are those who develop sunscreen allergy, causing rashes and other skin pain and discomfort.
Cause and Symptoms of Sunscreen Allergy
We all have different skin types and our reactions to products that contain chemicals depend on how sensitive our skin is. A common sunscreen ingredient is PABA or para-aminobenzoic acid, this ingredient is known to cause allergies. There are other sunscreen ingredients that may also cause an allergic reaction. Some products may cause an allergic reaction because they contain fragrance and titanium oxide. Those who are allergic to perfume or titanium might experience a reaction when using sunscreen that contains the allergens, depending on how sensitive the skin is to such allergens.
Sunscreen allergy may cause the following:
- Skin irritation (contact dermatitis)
- Skin swelling
Once you experience any of the symptoms after applying sunscreen, stop using that product and wash the sunscreen with mild soap and water. Don’t rub or scratch your skin because this will only irritate it more. You can apply a small amount of hydro-cortisone cream to the affected area. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the cream because applying more than required can be dangerous.
If you try another brand and it still causes symptoms of allergy, contact a dermatologist about the symptoms that you are experiencing. You can get an allergy test to help you determine the exact allergen that is causing the reaction.
Sunscreen allergy can happen when you have sensitive skin. This is likely with babies, kids, and those who have highly sensitive skin. You can go with “hypoallergenic” sunscreens but make sure to try it first before buying it. Try applying a small amount on your arm to see if you get a reaction. Also, don’t leave sunscreen on your skin overnight. Leaving sunscreen on the skin for long periods of time may cause the development of sunscreen allergy.