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Is Your Skin Photosensitive Due to Medications You’re Taking?

  • April 1, 2015

Are You Taking Drugs That Makes You More Sensitive to The Sun?

Some drugs make us more sensitive, or photosensitive, to the sun. Photosensitivity is caused by the combination of sunlight and certain medications or substances. An increase of sensitivity to sunlight may cause severe sunburns, hives, rashes and an increased risk of skin cancer can be the result of being out in the sun unprotected while taking these medications. With some medications, it’s not a matter of if you’ll get skin cancer by not wearing sunscreen, but when.

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What Drugs Can Make Skin Photosensitive? 

Assorted antibiotics, sulfa drugs, cold/allergy medicines and pain killers are among the medications that can make people photosensitive and more vulnerable to the sun. In addition, some medications that are used to treat acne, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, some auto-immune diseases and cancer also cause photosensitivity.  These medications can cause a sunburn in as few as two minutes if skin is exposed to the sun without protection.

Sunscreen is for Everyone

It is important to make sure you protect your skin when you’re outside regardless if it’s sunny or not, what medications you take and whatever your skin type or your age. Whenever you’re out you should wear an effective sunscreen that is broad-spectrum. By wearing sunscreen you will help prevent sunburn and you’ll decrease the risk of skin cancer. You will also avoid early skin aging caused by the sun.

Caddell’s Laser Clinic is committed to providing the finest, most effective sunscreens. The wide variety of sunscreen offered at Caddell’s offer many different choices to people who have individual needs for their sunscreen.

  •  EltaMD – formulated with transparent zinc oxide, are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free & paraben-free.
  • Epionce – offers light and quick absorbing sunscreens to prevent premature aging and skin cancer.
  • SkinCeuticals – features broad spectrum sunscreens featuring Z-Cote to help protect skin for UVA rays.
  • Suntegrity – a holistic, mineral sun care line to help people avoid skin cancer.

The industry of skin protection has made huge advancements since the 1950’s when people slathered themselves in baby oil that had iodine in it for a quicker, darker tan. Today, there are many different types of sunscreen including water-resistant types so they won’t rinse off in water or drip into your eyes and sting when you sweat.

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What Should You Look for in Sunscreen?

If you want to have fun in the sun and play it safe then this list of must have’s should be followed when purchasing a sunscreen:

  • Should offer Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  • Should be fragrance free.
  • Should be oil free.
  • Should be paraben-free.
  • Should be Sensitivity-free & noncomedogenic.
  • Should be a high enough SPF to protect you for your kind of activities.

There are a wide variety of sunscreens available now that you can custom pick for your individual needs. If you have acne, rosacea and discoloration, there are sunscreens that can calm and protect sensitive skin types. If you’re sensitive to other chemicals you may need to look for sunscreens that won’t irritate your skin like the natural, holistic sunscreens made from minerals.  Some sunscreens for the face are available in tints so it can be used as a foundation as well. You may want sunscreens that contain super anti-oxidants and amino acids that will enhance and protect your skin.

There’s no reason not to wear sunscreen every day and now with these brands being offered at Caddell’s Laser Clinic you can continue to protect your skin and have fun in the sun!

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