Know The Side-Effects Of Sunscreen On Skin And Tips To Use Sunscreen Correctly

Many people who do not know the correct way to apply sunscreen tend to suffer from side-effects like skin allergy, rash or skin cancer.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Jun 01, 2020 15:07 IST
Know The Side-Effects Of Sunscreen On Skin And Tips To Use Sunscreen Correctly

‘Don’t leave home without a sunscreen’, this is what we have been told so far which is right to some extent. To protect the skin against UV rays, sunscreen becomes a mandatory thing. UV rays can do a lot of damage to our skin and the body. It is necessary to provide the skin with the necessary protection to avert the risk. Direct exposure to Ultra Violet rays can cause severe sunburns, premature aging and even skin cancer. Sunscreen is the only topical solution that can save you from all these dangers but is a sunscreen safe? Partially yes as there are some side effects of sunscreen on skin that many people do not know as only a few people suffer from these. Scroll down to know all the downsides of sunscreen.

Why sunscreen cause side-effects?

Blame the chemical composition of sunscreens for the side-effects it causes. These chemicals are used to create a protective shield around the skin to fend off UV rays. People with sensitive skin-type are highly likely to get these side-effects. Here is the correct way to apply sunscreen to minimize the risk:

  • Take a nice amount of sunscreen on your hand and cover all the exposed parts.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out to allow the formula set on the skin.
  • You should reapply after 4-5 hours or if sweating.
  • Also, do not apply sunscreen on injured, broken or acne-prone skin. These are sensitive areas.

5 Common Side Effects of Sunscreen On Skin

1. Allergic Reactions

As told earlier, sunscreens contain chemicals that may get harsh on the skin of some people. This can cause itching, redness, inflamed skin, rashes, etc. Sunscreens with fragrances and preservatives tend to trigger allergies the most. While shopping for sun protection, make sure to buy only non-fragrant ones to avoid a mishap. You may also consult your dermatologist for the safe one. You can, instead, make sunscreen at home with safe and natural ingredients.

2. Severe Acne

If you have acne-prone skin, you better be careful with sunscreen application. Don’t apply any random product on your skin as it can make your acne worse. Choose only non-oily and non-comedogenic products to prevent acne conditions.

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3. Eye Irritation

Be careful while applying sunscreen as if it gets into the eyes, it can cause eye problems like irritation, itchy eyes, burning eyes, light sensitivity, etc. In some cases, if the chemical concentration is high, a person may even suffer from blindness. One should know how to apply sunscreen to avert such issues.

4. Increased risk of breast cancer

It is found that some ingredients in sunscreen cause estrogenic effects on breast cancer cells. This may cause breast cancer. One should avoid using these products on children as their skin is very sensitive and may react.

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5. Pain and pus in some areas

There are different formulations of sunscreen for different skin types. One should choose accordingly to get maximum benefits and minimum risks. Some people have complained of pain and pus-carrying blisters on the skin after use. Therefore, use any formula only after researching about it. Don’t fall for cheap products.

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