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Is Sunscreen Allergy Real?

Although allergies are usually rare, they can be upsetting for the people suffering from them. Sunscreen is a crucial skin product that is recommended by experts, but one can be allergic to it too. Let’s understand sunscreen allergies.                  

Sunscreen Allergy can be seen as an allergy to any other product. It can be irritant contact dermatitis or photo contact dermatitis. Whatever it is, it can leave a person in a painful situation. However, it is essential to understand that an allergic reaction to sunscreen does not mean you are allergic to all sunscreens. An allergic reaction can be due to its active ingredient, preservative, or fragrance.         

Is Sunscreen Allergy Real?If you are allergic to preservatives or fragrances, you might not observe any reaction if you swap your sunscreen with a different brand that does not use those chemicals. Moreover, it is vital to understand active ingredient allergies to avoid them. Allergic reaction to active ingredients is usually seen in chemical sunscreens that bear oxybenzone, benzophenone, etc. On the other hand, physical sunscreens typically contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide, and their allergic reactions are rare. PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) is an excipient but often causes allergic reactions. Because of such reactions, experts always suggest doing a patch test before using a product.

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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