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Sun and Light Skintelligence: Can My Sunscreen Make Me REDDER?
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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.

  1. First, switch to as hypoallergenic a lifestyle as possible—avoid allergens, especially those (like fragrance, dyes, preservatives) that are also photo-allergens.
  2. 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.
For more on photosensitivity, click here.

For more on physical/inorganic sunscreens, click here.

Click here to learn more about photpatch testing.