Summer Sunscreen Tips

Suitable sunscreens can be challenging to find to people with sensitive skin and eczema. Avoiding the peak sun of the mid-day, wearing a hat, and dressing in protective clothing are all great ideas for practicing sun safety. It is a good idea to try a sunscreen first on a small area of skin to make sure that it is not irritating, before putting it on a larger area of the skin.

Sunscreen tips:

  • Look for “broad spectrum” on the label
  • Look for sunscreens with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher
  • Sunscreens with physical filters may be less irritating to sensitive skin than sunscreens which use organic UV filters (most widely sold sunscreens). When searching for sunscreens with physical filters, look for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide on the label.
  • Alcohol-based spray sunscreens may be more irritating than cream-based sunscreens.

This content was contributed to ESC in 2019 by Toronto based dermatologist, and leading sun safety expert, Dr. Cheryl Rosen. As always ESC recommends individuals speak to their own health care provider with any questions specific their needs.