If you experience bouts of eczema, it makes sense that you might want to stay away from trying new and potentially irritating skin care products because you're afraid they'll cause a flare-up. But not everything can be avoided, as some beauty products are essential to your skin's health. This is why I did the research to find out the best sunscreens for eczema — because preventing your skin from sun damage is just about as important as it gets.
While you might be tempted to skip out on applying sunscreen because of the positive effects moderate sun exposure can have on eczema, doctors recommend daily UV protection in order to prevent photoaging and skin cancer. So which sunscreens out there will protect your skin without worsening your eczema? When asked to weigh in, Dr. Tara Rao of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City listed some ingredients to avoid — along with the formulas she recommends to her patients — and why:
"People with eczema should look for sunscreens that are free of alcohol or any harsh ingredients like salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide. Because the rate of irritation and allergy in eczema is so high, I generally prefer mineral-based sunscreens such as those with zinc and titanium dioxide over chemical-based sunscreens."
Listed below are five sunscreens that are safe for people with eczema or sensitive skin, including a tinted powder and aloe-infused formula to soothe pre-existing sunburns. All of them are broad spectrum, alcohol-free, and have SPF 30 or higher. Have safe sun, everyone!