We know the value of protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun during the summer. However, some people have a sunscreen allergy and have an allergic skin reaction when sunscreen is applied to skin and some foods make people more sun sensitive, causing them to break out in a rash when skin is exposed to sun.
If you fall into either category, read this for tips that will help you overcome the problem and get back in the swing of things this summer.
It’s probably not sunscreen in general that you are allergic too, but an ingredient in the sunscreen product. Many people are allergic to the PABA in sunscreen. Try a sunscreen product that is PABA free and fragrance free and see how your skin reacts.
If PABA free and fragrance free sunscreen products still cause an allergic skin reaction, consult a dermatologist for allergy patch testing to pinpoint the exact ingredients you are allergic too.
In the meantime, avoid the sun during the strongest rays of the day, between the hours of 10am and 4pm, and wear sun protective clothing which won’t have any chemicals to rub off on your skin.
Foods That Make You Sun Sensitive
If you develop a rash sometimes after being in the sun and sometimes you don’t, it may be caused by the foods you are eating or touching prior to sun exposure.
Cetain foods make people more sun sensitive than others. Celery, limes, figs and parsnips all contain a compound called photoirritant. This photoirritant compound cause people who have eaten or touched the food develop a red rash when they go in the sun.
If this happens to you, avoid these foods when you plan to be outdoors in the sun.