MY DOCTOR SAYS MY SUNSCREEN IS MAKING ME RED WHEN I’M EXPOSED TO THE SUN. HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN AND WHAT DO I DO NOW?
SKIN SHORT: Switch to a chemical-free (inorganic) sunscreen.
MORE SKINFO: One of the top causes of photosensitivity, or photo-allergic/photo-irritant dermatitis now is sunscreen.
Ironically, certain sunscreens cause skin to become photosensitive when exposed to light. If you fall in this category, there are two things to try.
- First, switch to as hypoallergenic a lifestyle as possible—avoid allergens, especially those (like fragrance, dyes, preservatives) that are also photo-allergens.
- Second, avoid chemical (also called organic) sunscreens. Try a purely physical (inorganic) sunscreen like Armada Baby 50+ or Post-Procedure Barrier Cream 50+ which are not known to cause photosensitivity and photo-allergic/irritant reactions.