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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Sun Sensitive Skin (Overview)

Sun-sensitive skin is more susceptible to sunburn or sun-induced injury, and is also a side effect of some medications.


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Signs of sun-sensitive skin?

Signs of sun-sensitive skin?

Skin rash: Sun sensitive skin more commonly known as photosensitivity occurs as a result of inflammation of the skin. Typically it is induced by the combination of sunlight and certain photosensitive medications or substances. This signs include redness (erythema) of the skin and may look similar to a sunburn. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
17 doctors shared insights

Sun Sensitive Skin (Overview)

Sun-sensitive skin is more susceptible to sunburn or sun-induced injury, and is also a side effect of some medications.


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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but i feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but i feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Chemical peels,: Laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion are all methods of removing a portion of the skin surface that stimulates healing, and development of collagen and elastic fibers (along with a new skin surface) that reduces (but does not remove) scars. If your skin is sensitive, the treatments designed to reduce acne scarring will need to be less severe (and will be less effective). Laser may be most precise. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed if needed by a doctor
Once
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Signs of sun-sensitive skin?

Skin rash: Sun sensitive skin more commonly known as photosensitivity occurs as a result of inflammation of the skin. Typically it is induced by the combination of sunlight and certain photosensitive medications or substances. This signs include redness (erythema) of the skin and may look similar to a sunburn. ...Read more

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Can you recommend an extra sensitive sun lotion? My skin goes quite red with being in the sun for only 5 minutes or so! not burnt, just reddening.

Can you recommend an extra sensitive sun lotion? My skin goes quite red with being in the sun for only 5 minutes or so! not burnt, just reddening.

Sunscreen : Neutrogena spf50 pure & free or aveeno (oatmeal) mineralblock are safe and effective sunscreens made for people with sensitive skin. Anthelios can also be tried and is a very effective uva/uvb block. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What is the best shade/screen to protect sensitive skin (especially face) from sun?

What is the best shade/screen to protect sensitive skin (especially face) from sun?

If you mean...: ...Sunscreen, look for one that contains a physical blocking agent, such as zinc oxide. Physical blockers work better than chemical blockers, and are probably safer. And look for one with a high spf number -- usually 50 or higher. ...Read more

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What should I do to avoid sun burn as I have sensitive skin?

What should I do to avoid sun burn as I have sensitive skin?

Sunburn prevention: generally consists of applying a sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and every 3-4 hours thereafter (opt for PABA free if you have sensitive skin). Wide brimmed hats and long sleeved clothing/pants further offer protection. Product lines of fabrics with increased UV ray blockage are available on line and in outdoor recreation superstores. ...Read more