Allergy to sunscreen??

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




I put sunscreen on my daughter for the second time today and now she has a rash all over her stomach and back. Not sure if this is what caused it or not. I washed her with one of those pre-soaped washcloths this morning but I've used them before and didn't have a reaction then and haven't given her anything new food wise so this is the best concusion I can come up with. Has anyone else had a reaction to sunscreen and what did it look like? Thanks


Penny - posted on 07/09/2012




My 12 year old son is allergic to ALL suncreen lotion. Haven't been able to find anything that he can wear. Yes, he gets hives all over his back and chest. Even if I only put a little on his ears. Still looking for something he can wear. Went to an allergist and just need to find what ingrediant he is allergic too. Good Luck with that.... But, yes sounds like she is allergic to something in the Sunscreen.

Louise - posted on 04/21/2010




All three of my kids come out in a rash with sunscreen. I think it is the oil that is inside the products. I have however found a sunscreen for all the family to use that does not seem to upset anyone and that is called P20 you need only apply it once as it gives you 12 hours protection. The only draw back is it is only a factor 20. This is a brilliant sunscreen though as it is not oily in the least and once dry on the skin does not smell. It leaves the skin unclammy and you really don't know your wearing it. If your going to change sunscreens put some on your child in a small patch to see if she can tollerate it first before applying all over the body. We have had several holidays using this and nobody has ever been burnt.

Adrianna - posted on 04/20/2010




My 2 yr old is also allergic to sun screen, as well are both my sisters kids, and yes it sounds weird but it is highly possible my son breaks out in bright red rash (almost looked liek he was sunburnt) with lil bumps that were liek goose bumps, he has other skin allergies so i called his allergist and as soon ans i explained to them what was going on they said yes sounds like allergy to sunscreen, they do make NON Chemical sunscreen, at least with my son he is allergic to a chemical in sunscreen so and u can make sunscreen at home you will have to look up exactly how to make it. my son has to have some form for sunblock on though or he will burn bad he has very fair skin so.

Donna - posted on 04/28/2011




Sunscreen DOES NOT prevent the absorbtion of vitamin D, and not using sunscreen DOES pose a real risk in later life, because the sun is hotter/more intense and we live longer and are all likely to come accross one cancer or another...this one is preventable.

To answer your question Amanda, I get this personally, and although I have had a couple of brands I am allergic to, mainly it is a sweat rash because the cream is so dense or oily that it is causing an issue. I use P20 now and it is a clear once daily fluid which dries almost instantly and causes no rash.

Hope this helps :-)

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Most sunscreens make my son break out--they make his skin turn red then crack! It's really scary. It took 3 years, but we finally found a sunscreen that works for his sensitive skin. Before that, and now, he always wears clothing with sunscreen when we go out for long periods of time. Try this website :

When trying new sunscreens, test them on the back of his leg, and if it breaks out, wait at least a week after the rash heals to try a new on. You can also note the ingredients to narrow down what specifically she may be allergic to. :)

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Elena - posted on 04/28/2011




I don't understand why people are putting sunscreen on their children instead of letting them get a healthy tan. The sun produces vitamin d and without it kids are more likely to have problems. Whatever happened to using shade. Why be in the sunlight for hours . My son has been on plenty of outdoor trips but when he got hot he would look for shade and never got burned yet.

Sue - posted on 04/20/2010




My son had this problem last year. I tried another one and it didn't bother him. Try another and see what happens.

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010




I've not had that problem with my daughter- as she just tans- but I have a problem with sunscreen. The smell of it makes me wheezy and nauseas. Some of them make me itchy. So, it's definitely possible. there are so many chemicals in there, who knows!

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