Your Skin is the basis of your beauty and wellness. When your total focus is on the SPF number and how to protect your skin from sunburn and UVB rays, one crucial fact gets skipped from your mind. What you are using to prevent the harmful rays from damaging your skin, itself might be harmful for your skin and may cause serious health issues. Yes, its sunscreen lotion I’m talking about, what we regard as our ultimate skin protector. I don’t mean to say “stop using sunscreen”, but use it in the right way. Sunscreens do an excellent job protecting against sunburn when used correctly, but when used in a wrong manner may cause the below side effects.
Cause Allergic Reactions
Most sunscreens are manufactured using many chemicals that may not be suitable for everyone. They can cause mild to severe skin irritation, swelling, redness, itching or even rashes that may need immediate medical attention. Most of these chemicals are used to add fragrances and to increase the sunscreen shelf life. Recently it was known after many medical studies that sunscreens contain PABA chemical that has caused high number of skin allergies and thereby, many popular sunscreen brands have started eliminating its use.
Increase Risk of Cancer
Sunscreens contain UV filters that block radiation from penetrating below the outer skin layer, called the epidermis. But over time, the filters themselves penetrate deeper into the skin, allowing more UV radiation in, which increases the risk of skin cancer. The chemicals used in sunscreen can also lead to breast cancer. Medical experts have revealed that some peculiar chemicals found in sunscreens have estrogenic effects on the breast cancer cells. Some of the chemicals can even have adverse impacts on the blood estrogen levels. You must abstain from using high chemical induced sunscreens on children as their skin tends to absorb these chemicals quickly.
Cause Eye Irritation
After applying sunscreen, if you step in the sun and sweat a lot, then the sweat can push the sunscreen into your eyes and it can cause irritation and intense pain. You may even feel burning sensation and temporary sensitivity to light. Some sunscreens packed with heavy chemicals can even cause blindness. So the next time, if your sunscreen reaches the eye, rinse well with cold water and if burning or redness continues, consult with the doctor immediately.
Enhance Acne Problem
Skin suffering from acne generally is more sensitive and susceptible to suffer from severe redness, rashes, blisters, etc., as the chemicals used in sunscreen may not be designed to suit this skin condition. It is better to use non-comedogenic and non-oily sunscreens advised by your dermatologist so that your skin condition doesn’t get worse. Also make sure that the sunscreens made for body is not applied on face as they are too heavy for the facial skin, which is more sensitive in comparison to the body skin.
Right Use of Sunscreen
Avoid Excess Use – Avoid excess use of sunscreen, instead, stay under shade as much as possible, and wear long sleeve cloths, hat and scarf.
Re-apply Sunscreen – Don’t let the sunscreen to remain on your skin for a long time, wash it off after every two hours and apply again on the area exposed to the sun.
Use Sunscreen With SPF Below 50 – SPF numbers refer to how long the sunscreen will protect your skin. So higher the number mean stronger chemical filter is used to absorb the UV rays, which is also harmful for your skin.
Pick the Right Sunscreen - Before using a sunscreen, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of its ingredients like aminobenzoic acid/PABA) or to some types of drugs like benzocaine, tetracaine or sulfa drugs.From the Web