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Sunscreen Allergy


Updated May 23, 2014

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What Sunscreens Can be Used in People with Sunscreen Allergy?

The physical blocking agents have not been reported to cause contact dermatitis. These agents include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and tend to come in heavier creams that do not absorb well into the skin. For this reason, some people do not like to use these agents, as they are less cosmetically pleasing. However, sunscreens containing these chemicals are a good choice for people with allergy to sunscreens, or those with the concern of developing an allergy to sunscreens.

Want to keep learning? Find out about other common causes of contact dermatitis.


Scheuer E, Warshaw E. Sunscreen Allergy: A Review of Epidemiology, Clinical Characteristics, and Responsible Allergens. Dermatitis. 2006;17(1):3-11.

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