Would you believe that 17 different sunscreen ingredients have been approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration? The list includes substances that work in both chemical and physical ways. Chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) and oxybenzone, actually absorb UV rays and convert the sun’s radiation into heat energy. Physical sunscreens (such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) form a barrier that deflects and scatters the rays before they can penetrate and damage your skin.
The question is, which sunscreen ingredients are right for you? For example, babies and small children have skin that is more sensitive than adults, while sunscreens made for dry skin may not suit people with acne. The following tips will help you choose the best sunscreen for you.
Got kids? Harsh chemicals can irritate children’s sensitive skin; PABA and oxybenzone in particular have been associated with skin reactions. The physical sunscreens zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are a better choice for kids and can usually be found in sunscreens for babies and children. Also, since actually getting sunscreen on your child is half the battle, try spray sunscreens or tubes with colorful packaging, which children may tolerate better. Note: spray sunscreen should be misted into the hands, then spread on the face.
Got allergies? Patients with allergy-prone skin or conditions such as rosacea should avoid products containing preservatives or fragrances, as well as those containing PABA or oxybenzone. The ingredients that are least likely to cause skin reactions are the physical sunscreens. The allergy-prone and people with rosacea should also avoid sunscreens containing alcohol.
Got (or had) skin cancer? For those who have experienced skin cancer, or those who are very fair and at higher risk for skin cancer, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.. Since most people do not actually apply enough sunscreen to achieve the SPF listed on the container, frequent reapplication (after two hours out of doors or immediately after swimming or sweating heavily) is especially important if you have already had skin cancer or are at greater risk for it.
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