- Oily, thick lotions may cause acne breakout
- Ingredients such as oxybenzone (chemical sun blocker) can irritate your skin
- Fragrances and other harsh ingredients may trigger allergic reactions
Physical sunscreens deflect or block the sun's rays to protect your skin. They are better tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin. Some may be thick and hard to apply. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are examples of 'physical sun blockers'. The F.D.A. has rated these two ingredients as the most effective broad spectrum and safest of sun blocks.
On the other hand, chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays. The problem with chemical sunscreens is that not all are stable chemically. This means they can cause allergic reactions and be more irritating to skin, especially sensitive skin. The other problem is that chemical sun blockers release free radicals. Free radicals can age the skin and may cause other health problems. Chemical sunscreens are also known as 'organic sunscreen', however, they have nothing in common with the typical natural products use of the word 'organic'. Chemical sunscreens include:
- Mexoryl SX and XL
- Tinosob S and M
- Uvinul T 150
- Uvinum A Plus
When you're looking to buy the best sunscreen for your family, including sunscreen for sensitive skin for kids, look for the following:
- Zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide
- Noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores.
- Free of botanicals and herbal extracts - many are sprayed with pesticides, even organic ones, can also cause allergic reactions
- Lightweight, so you can use under makeup