The side effects of sunscreen have been a concern for some time now. Therefore, it is important to know what goes into your sunscreen and what effects it has on your skin.
1. Allergic Reactions
Some chemicals in sunscreen can irritate the skin, such as redness, swelling, irritation, and itching. Some people develop severe allergies with rashes and intense itching. These allergies can be caused by chemicals which are used as ingredients for fragrances and preservatives for longer shelf life.
2. Sunscreens can worsen acne
Sunscreen products can worsen acne if you have acne-prone skin. You can avoid this problem by choosing a sunscreen that is non-comedogenic and non-oily. Make sure you choose a sunscreen that is right for your skin type. Avoid using body sunscreens on your face as these are too heavy.
3. Irritation in the eyes
Some people assert that chemical sunscreens can cause blindness. Sunscreen can cause pain and irritation to the eye. It can also cause burning and temporary sensitivity to light. If you get the sunscreen into your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with cool water or consult your doctor.
4. Increases risk of breast cancer
The ingredients in sunscreen can have estrogenic effects on breast cancer cells. Some sunscreens can also affect blood oestrogen levels. Try to avoid using chemical sunscreen on your children, as their skin absorbs chemicals quickly.
5. Pain in hairy areas and pus in the hair follicles
Sunscreens come in many different forms, including gels, lotions, sprays, ointments, creams, and wax sticks. It is up to you to choose the type of sunscreen that works best for you. Gels work best on hairy areas such as the scalp or male chest. Some sunscreens can tighten or dry the skin and cause pain in areas which have more hair. This is a side effect that may affect only a few. If you are in any pain or discomfort after usage, you need to consult a dermatologist right away.
So sunscreens may not be your best option if you have any of the above issues and it’s always advisable to do a patch test before applying any new product.