For eczema sufferers, sunscreen can be a saving grace or a recipe for disaster. If you're struggling to find a sunscreen that doesn't exacerbate your eczema symptoms, you've come to the right place. Here are a few sunscreens that won't make your eczema flare-up this spring and summer.
When you need sunscreen, look for products aimed at people with sensitive skin. There are several sunscreen formulas currently on the market for consumers to choose from. So if eczema is an issue, make sure you prioritize a formula designed to comfort skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which operate by absorbing into the skin, mineral sunscreens designed for sensitive skin sit atop the skin and act as a barrier against sun damage. Not only does this grant your skin optimal protection from UVA and UVB rays, but it also means it's less likely to cause skin irritation. Look for products with SPF 50 or higher for intense sun protection. Sensitive skin sunscreen formulas should also be hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and oil-free.
Most eczema sufferers know all too well that not just any sensitive skin sunscreen will do. With intense moisturizing eczema creams and non-irritating skincare products, it makes sense that someone with eczema would want a sunscreen designed specifically for them. Sunscreen for eczema patients is developed with the help of dermatologists to ensure it provides maximum sun protection while also protecting the skin from irritation. The ceramides in these sunscreen formulas are present to create a protective barrier against moisture loss in the skin. If you're lucky, you'll find a sunscreen formula that also applies clear, so you're not looking like a ghost while you're spending time in the sun.
If you're looking for a sunscreen to use on your face that won't irritate your skin or your eczema, then you absolutely need to look for a formula that's specifically designed to go on your face. Most products like this are designed to go on with a powder-like matte finish to avoid greasiness or sliding. For facial skin, these products are also non-chemical and hypoallergenic -- designed with skin sensitivity in mind! That means you won't have to deal with greasy residue on your face or worry about a skin rash forming after you apply it. In addition, these products are designed to be worn daily, which means you can put them on underneath makeup for everyday sun protection.
When you have eczema, all natural sunscreens are going to be a godsend. Not only do they help you avoid sun damaged skin, but many of them are made with ingredients like oat extract to soothe already irritated skin. So if you're having a mild eczema flare-up and need to be out in the sun, look for a sunscreen that has all natural ingredients in it to help soothe your irritated skin. In addition, these products are typically oil-free and fragrance-free to eliminate any skin irritation. So when you come home from a day in the sun, you won't have to worry about smelling like an intense fragrance.
Protecting your skin from sun damage while you're dealing with eczema can be tough. Finding the right sun protection products is key! If you're struggling to find the right sunscreen for your skin, don't hesitate to set up your consultation with SE Dermatology Specialists today.