Sensitive skin? Don’t shy away from sunscreen

Does sensitive skin keep you from slathering on sunscreen? Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, said fragrances or ingredients are likely to blame.

“An allergy may occur to either the sunblock chemicals themselves, or to fragrances or preservatives in the product,” said Katta. “Rather than not wear sunscreen, look for brands that are fragrance-free and that contain physical, instead of chemical, sunblock ingredients.”

In addition to using the best sunblock for your skin type, Katta said it’s important to use broad spectrum sunscreen because it protects against both types of ultraviolet radiation.

“Always look for the broad spectrum sunblock, especially since the SPF number only refers to blocking one kind of UV ray,” she said.

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