Sunscreen Allergy Treatment in Cumberland, MD
What Is A Sunscreen Allergy?
Sunscreen allergies are a form of contact dermatitis which can occur anywhere sunscreen is applied. Sunscreen may trigger symptoms of dermatitis, eczema, and angioedema. Sunscreen allergies are classified as a type of photo-contact dermatitis as symptoms commonly form on areas of the body which are exposed to the sun.
Sunscreen typically protects your skin from harmful rays in one of two ways. It can absorb harmful radiation and transform it into less harmful radiation before reaching your skin. Sunscreen can also reflect harmful radiation away from your skin. Reflective sunscreens are often thicker and don't easily blend into the skin. Absorbent lotions tend rub completely into your skin and are typically thinner.
Who Is At Risk?
- People with other related skin conditions
- Those who work outdoors
- Those who already have dermatitis
Sunscreen Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms of sunscreen allergies may differ based on brand and ingredients used. It is important to check the ingredients list before buying or using sunscreen. You may learn which ingredients trigger a reaction for you by talking to your doctor and requesting an allergy test.
- Red, dry, cracked, or scaly skin
- Burning or tender sensation
- Blisters in the affected area
- Severe or persistent itchiness
- Fluid buildup in blisters
What Triggers an Allergic Reaction to Sunscreen?
Benzophenones are one of the most common triggers of sunscreen allergies. This is an ingredient often used in sunscreen and may also be called oxybenzone, methanone, or diphenylketone.
Dibenzoylmethanes have been increasingly used over the last 20 years. They are combined with other chemical ingredients and used to absorb UV radiation so it causes less damage to the skin.
Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) is no longer a common ingredient in sunscreen but may still be used in some brands. This is a major trigger of contact dermatitis (which is why it is so rarely used) and may also stain clothes.
It is always helpful to know specifically which chemicals of sunscreen are triggering an allergic reaction. Ask your doctor for more information on allergy testing and which brands of sunscreen are safe to use. If you know which ingredients trigger an allergic reaction in you, check the ingredient list on a bottle of sunscreen before you buy it. Another alternative is to find protection from the sun using shade rather relying solely on sunscreen.
Request more information about sunscreen allergies today. Call (724) 915-1049 or contact Dr. Emma McGowan online.
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