Most doctors recommend to use sunscreen when going outdoors and give us precious advice on how to buy and apply it. But very few of them notify their patients on the risks such products may imply by default. One of those risks is allergic reactions.
Yes that’s right. Sunscreen can also do you harm especially if your skin is prone to allergies and ingredients in the sunblock product worsen the condition. A doctor at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York said that many of his patients complain that sunscreen caused them skin rashes.
But avoiding a sunscreen that does your skin harm is tricky, doctors explain. Usually, a skin rash or other allergic reaction become visible days after the patient had applied the sunscreen. So, people with sensitive skin, especially the fair-skinned ones, should closely monitor how their skin reacts to certain products.
Sunscreen can cause rashes, itchy skin, swelling and dermatitis but only in places where it was applied. So, you should go to an allergist or dermatologist as soon as you discover that your sunblock caused some of these skin problems. Doctors can perform patch test that can accurately tell what ingredient in the sunscreen triggered the reaction. Usually, allergies are caused by preservatives, fragrance or the sunblock agent.
There are currently two types of sunscreens – some that have zinc or titanium particles that reflect or divert harmful UV rays and some that use chemical agents such as benzophenone that absorb and convert harmful radiation. The first category of sunscreens is more likely to cause allergies, expert caution. So, if you know your skin to be extra sensitive, you should keep a safe distance from zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen solutions.
But according to the American Academy of Dermatology, what a sunscreen contains is less important than its fragrance or other factors that make it more appealing to users so that they use it more often.
On the other hand, the academy said that sunscreen can shield users from allergies caused by excessive sun exposure. It also prevents sunburns, skin cancer, and premature aging.
Still, people who previously had eczema or skin damage are more prone to allergies. Additionally, people who use sunscreen very often due to either their work or outdoor activities are also at a high risk.
You can also get an allergic reaction or skin rash if you expose your skin to acid fruits such as lemons or orange juice before sun exposure. Some children had a screen rash on patches of their skin exposed to a citrus-flavored ice cream for instance.
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