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Hypoallergenic Sunscreen: Best for Sensitive Skin

Hypoallergenic Sunscreen: Best for Sensitive Skin

Lack of strict regulation on cosmetic products has forced many people not to trust these products, regardless of the manufacturer’s claims. It would therefore be prudent to know how to choose a hypoallergenic sunscreen so as to avoid undesired skin reaction.

This is possible by examining the ingredients used in the production of these products.

What ingredients should I avoid?

In your search for a hypoallergenic sunscreen, you should watch out for these irritating ingredients that are commonly known to be toxic

  • Preservatives - These are notorious irritants of the skin and eyes. Think twice whenever you see a sunscreen labelled with formaldehyde, methylisothiazolinone, parabens or BHT as part of the ingredients
  • UVA, UVB blockers – These include mostly dibenzoylmethanes and para-aminobenzoic acid.
  • Fragrances – Learn not to be attracted to fragrant sunscreens. It’s normally a temptation to go by these, but fragrances are one of the most common allergens.
  • Benzophenones such as dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, and sulisobenzone are UVB filters that can cause photo-allergic and contact allergic dermatitis.
  • Propylene glycol – This is famously used too promote cohesion of ingredients in products.
  • Dyes – Always choose white or clear sunscreens that are void of dyes.
  • Retinyl palmitate – This, plus other Vitamin A derivatives can be toxic to the skin cells.
  • Ethanol – When this dries and penetrates into the skin, chances of contacting eczema increases. Ethanol is normally used in mist sprays. 

With this much valuable knowledge, you now need to know what beneficial ingredients to look for in your choice of a hypoallergenic sunscreen.

What Ingredients should I look for?

First, a general rule of thumb would be, the fewer the additives, the better the sunscreen for a sensitive skin. There is however no guarantee that even the sunscreen with the least additives will not cause any reaction.

Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are two minerals that you should look for. The two are non-synthetic filters that offer considerable protection without much side effects. 

How to purchase

This has sure shed some light on shopping for hypoallergenic sunblocks. Always take time to scrutinize the ingredients before making any purchase. Even so your body make up may still cause you to react to these skin products termed as hypoallergenic. Your doctor can give advice on the best ones to use, of course after the necessary tests.


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