With all the sunscreen options available and recent recalls, it becomes difficult knowing what to choose. Additionally, if you have eczema, many of them can flare your skin making the decision even more difficult! Here we break down the types available and our recommendations based off patient experience and preference.
- Picking something that has SPF (sun protection factor) 30 or higher.
- Protects against UVA and UVB rays. You may see a word like “broad spectrum”.
- Is water resistant - keep in mind that even with water resistance, if you are out in the sun, reapplying is necessary especially if swimming or sweating (usually every 2 hours).
Types of sunscreen:
- Chemical - These sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays with their active ingredients. They are absorbed into the skin so they tend to last longer and don’t leave a white residue. It can also take a little longer to start working. Be sure to avoid brands that contain oxybenzone as they have been shown to have effects on hormonal properties. Sensitive skin patients tend to react more often to these.
- Mineral - Also known as physical sunscreen. This is an actual barrier that protects against the suns rays. Since they are meant to block rays by staying on top of the skin, they tend to be harder to rub in and leave skin whiter than chemical sunscreens. You will often see words like zinc or titanium in the active ingredient list. Tend to be safer.
Everyone needs sunscreen! Every day! Sun damage is an issue even on cloudy days and plays a role in aging as well. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, everyone should wear sunscreen every day, regardless of skin tone. Sunscreen is used to prevent skin cancer, but has to be used thoroughly and correctly.
Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin
Live Tinted Hueguard