Sensitive Skin? Check Out These Sunscreen Options

By now we all know that sunscreen is a must. For years many of us believed that our melanated skin was immune to the effects of sun-damage and that sunscreen was only for pale people. While the idea may have been empowering, unfortunately, it was a myth all along. We’re wide-awake now, but this awareness raises questions for people who have never shopped for sunscreen. How much SPF do I need? What’s the best type of sunscreen for me? What if I have eczema and sensitive skin?

My dermatologist explained to me that I needed to use sunscreen regardless of my brown skin, and it was especially important because of the hyperpigmentation on my face. I remember my first time shopping for sunscreen. It was such a process! I didn’t know the answer to any of the above questions.

I was a broke college student so I wasn’t trying to break the bank, and it was no secret that I had extra-sensitive skin. I searched and searched and opted for a sunscreen for acne-prone skin that was supposed to help prevent breakouts. It did the exact opposite and I had to deal with that breakout for about a month after using it. I didn’t mention the hives on the rest of my body, did I?

After that experience, I took a break from using sunscreen. The inflammation that the sunscreen caused discouraged me, and I’m not proud of it, but I was no longer willing to continue playing sunscreen roulette. I wasn’t sure why the sunscreen had such a negative effect on my skin, so I went to see an aesthetician. I learned a lot from her and that visit actually led me to better self-care practices, but that ‘s another story.

If you have eczema or sensitive skin, chances are sunrays burn you quicker than the average person. Our skin can