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Which sunscreens on the market in the US offer the best UVA/UVB protection and do you recommend physical (zinc oxide) vs. chemical sun filters?
Which sunscreen: Zinc oxiide best and with least allergic potential. Most SPF blocks have titanium oxide which is easier to incorporate and less expensive, but there is still a 4% allergy rate to the later. Zinc can give a light palor to the skin but try Shisedo. The zinc block is the best but can be thick in some foundations and makeup. Use the sun wisely 11 am to 2 pm . Get your vitamin D early in the da.y ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been at the beach for the last couple of days, wearing sunscreen with only zinc and titanium active ingredients, but my skin now itches. Why?
Inflammation: Hi. These sorts of skin reactions can happen with any sort of inflammatory process. You could simply be dried out from the beautiful sun and cool breezes. (I'm jealous). Or you might actually be sensitive to the topical agents that you've used (even though you may think that you shouldn't be). Everybody is different in this regard. Use some sort of hypoallergenic cream and hydrate with H20! ...Read more
I think I got milia from my new sunscreen that contains zinc oxide niacinamide. It is called eltamd uv clear sunscreen. Why did I get milia?
Unlikely: Please see; http://www.healthline.com/health/milia#Overview1http://www.healthline.com/health/milia#Overview1 The fact that you know the term "milia" makes me believe you're under a doctor's care. Please return for further follow up! ...Read more
During my last two florida visits, I experienced a hive like rash on my arms and partially on my neck. The sunscreen was 50 spf containing zinc oxide, octinoxate, octisalate. I had to use a derm ointment topically and take an antihistimine to relieve symp
Photoallergic: Paradoxically, some ingredients in sunscreen other than titanium or zinc can cause an allergic reaction after interacting with sunlight. You may need to find an alternative with different ingredients. Another possibility is that you are taking a drug which make you sensitized to the sun and thus hives only at exposed areas. ...Read more
Yes.: Both are what is known as physical sunscreens -- they are opaque, and physically prevent ultraviolet light from getting to your skin, and damaging it. ...Read more
Sunscreen: There are many good sunscreens on the market. But the brands vary in different countries. You know all the good ingredients so you can start reading labels. ...Read more
Neutrogena, Alta MD: The neutrogena helioplex and the anthelios by la roche posay are my favorites. For acne prone skin, the alta md uv clear works well. It is important to use sunscreens with both uva and uvb coverage. Spf value refers to uvb protection. The new fda ruling requires uva protection labeling, which will be presented as + (lowest), ++, or +++ (highest). Reapply every 2 hours while in the sun. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin Cancer: Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful uv rays of the sun. In addition to damaging the quality of the skin, they can cause cancers to develop. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of spf 15 - follow product directions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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