Seeking Recommendations for Sunscreen for Sensative Skin

Updated on April 30, 2007
K.S. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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My son seems to be reacting to sunscreen. He gets a large area of small bumps on his face and neck after a few hours. Other areas seem to be fine. It does not seem to bother him, but it concerns me. I tried Aveeno Baby and the reaction seemed less but was still there a bit. Does anyone have other recommendations for sunscreen and where to get it? Thanks.

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S.F.

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Hi there,

I work in a daycare with some children who have very sensitive skin and they use nutregena sunscreen. It works great! Good luck!
S.

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M.C.

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My son is 16 months old and he has very sentive skin, I use mustella products on him for bathing. I tried there sunscreen yesterday and it worked wonderful as well, it's nice and thick and we were outside for 2 hours and I didn't have to reaply. Aveeno Baby was the first product I started using on him, and he had a similar reaction.

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J.R.

answers from Minneapolis on

You might also check to see if your sunscreen has PABA in it too. That made my Mom break out in a rash. Also check for any nut extracts. My friend was stunned to realize that her Melaleuca sunscreen had nut oil in it and her daughter that was allergic to nuts was completely breaking out from it. Then she was using more and more of it because she couldn't figure out what it was and she didn't want her daughter's rash getting sunburned.
Good luck,
J.

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C.K.

answers from Wausau on

Zinc in the diet (vitamins also), helps protect the skin from the sun. He may have a reaction on his face from the sunscreen due to the pores opening from sweating, or a chemical reaction between the sunscreen and the face wash you use. He could also be allergic to one or more of the ingredients, the face being the most sensitive area. You might consider several ideas: a wide-brimmed hat, being outside during the morning and later evening hours, an umbrella (yes, I've used one...helps with the heat also), talking to a naturopath or someone who uses only pure natural ingredients.

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C.A.

answers from Minneapolis on

My daughter had a reaction to sunscreen as well - it was a Banana Boat sunscreen, I believe. The brand I like, that doesn't seem to cause any problems for me or my children is Water Babies. I believe you can get it at Target and/or Walmart. :)

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K.L.

answers from Minneapolis on

Kids have very sensitive skin! I use Arbonne ABC sunscreen. Its great and the best part.....ITS NATURAL!!!!!!! Go to www.arbonne.com to look into it more. I could even get a full list of ingredients for you. If your intrested in trying it let me know! I could send you a sample as well!!! You can e-mail me at [email protected]____.com a great day!

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D.P.

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My daughter has had similar reactions with some sunscreen products. We've tried several different products claiming to be 'hypoallergenic', but the one that we've had good luck with is Banana Boat's Baby Tearfree Spray Lotion with a 50 SPF. She hasn't had any reactions at all to this product.

Good luck!

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J.M.

answers from Minneapolis on

My daughter had the same issue when she was that small. I went to the baby sunscreen in the sticks for her face so it is still protected and doesn't seem to get so close to the eyes and stuff. Also make sure that what you are using doesnt have any color in it and it may help I buy the spray on lotion that is a fine mist so you dont have to rub it in. but other wise use the stick stuff around the face you can find it at walmart and target. Good luck

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N.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have 2 kids with sensitive skin, we have used, Mary Kay suntan lotion and Avon's Skin so Soft sunblock!

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K.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

Don't forget the options of a t-shirt and a hat.

Also, check the expiration dates on your sunscreen. Several moms and I were talking today and two knew of serious skin reactions with expired sunscreen. Sunscreen usually expires in a single year.

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R.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

You want to look for non chemical sunscreen. Many people are allergic to the chemicals in sunscreens. Look at the ingredients and if you can't pronounce it don't use it. The ingredients you want to look for are Zinx Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Both are minerals that give a physical full spectrum protection against the UV rays. Skinceuticals makes a great one-physical spf 30. It is expensive (about $34) but well worth the money especially if you are just using it on his face. You can get it at many fine salons or dermatologist offices. I'm not sure what they have over the counter but just look at the ingredients. Enjoy the summer!

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T.K.

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I agree with another responder -- Use sunscreen w/ the active ingredients of Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. These are usually chemical free and they stay on the top of the skin and don't soak in. All 3 of my daughters are sensitive to all the other sunscreens out there and they break out in hives. This was dermatoligist recommended for us. You may have to go to Whole Foods or look in the natural section of a grocer to find it, it is more expensive, but it works, and it is better for them. I have used JASON brand and also Earth's Best Sunblock for Babies, which I think is also made by JASON. I got both from Whole Foods. Isn't it sad that they only have the chemical additive stuff at the Target's and Walmart's, and don't have any natural stuff? At least that is how it was the last I checked, maybe they'll come around this year.

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J.X.

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Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock has no irritating chemical sunscreens.

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