5 of the Best Sunscreens for Eczema Sufferers
Of course you know that safeguarding your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is a must, but for eczema sufferers, it’s not as easy as grabbing the cheapest bottle at the drugstore. To keep itchy and inflamed skin protected, the National Eczema Association recommends using mineral-based sunscreens that are alcohol-free and SPF 30 or higher. You’ll also want to check for the words “broad-spectrum” on the label to make sure that you’re protected against both UVA and UVB rays. Here, five sunscreens that tick all the boxes. (Just remember to do a patch test first, OK?)
1. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60+
Unlike chemical sunscreens (whose active ingredients are absorbed into the skin), mineral formulas sit on the skin and act as a barrier, which means they’re less likely to irritate. This mineral sunscreen is also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant. Beach vacation, anyone?
2. CeraVe SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Lotion
Developed with dermatologists, the ceramides in this lightweight formula are designed to maintain a protective barrier against moisture loss (a problem for eczema sufferers). And while zinc oxide can often give you that Casper-the-Friendly-Ghost look, this high-tech formula rubs on clear.
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3. The Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion
A powder-like matte finish means you won’t be left with any greasy residue, while a non-chemical and hypoallergenic formula (that’s dermatologist and pediatrician tested) is designed with eczema sufferers in mind. And because sunscreen isn’t just for the beach (you’re putting yours on every day, right?), a subtle tint makes this formula great for heading to work, meeting up with friends or running errands.
4. Aveeno Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen
From the sensitive skin experts comes this lightweight, hypoallergenic cream made with oat extract, known to soothe and nourish irritated skin. It’s also oil-free and fragrance-free, meaning you can slather it on without worrying about breakouts or smelling like you’ve spent the day at the pool.
5. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Suffer from eczema-prone skin and acne? This non-comedogenic sunscreen won’t clog pores and helps prevent moisture loss. Available in tinted or untinted, it’s also good for those with rosacea or any hyperpigmentation.