Feeling a Little Sensitive?

June 23, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Guardian Angels Home Health

Are you suddenly a little more sensitive—to sunlight? Some medications, foods, and skin care products can cause photosensitivity, an increased reaction to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun that can make your future brighter than you want.

Drugs: Antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen), antibiotics, oral diabetes drugs, diuretics, tricyclic antidepressants, some antifungal medicines—all can cause photosensitivity.

Food: You might want to go easy on the celery sticks–and lime, parsley, dill, and fennel.

Skin care: Products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and tretinoins (like Retin-A) can contribute to the likelihood of a facial peel you don’t want. So can benzoyl peroxide, often used in acne products.

Perfumes and essential oils: Some scents, such as musk or lavender, can increase your sensitivity to the sun.

To prevent sunburn, you know what to do: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, wear wide-brimmed hats, and apply a water-resistant broad spectrum sunscreen above SPF 30 20 to 30 minutes before you go outside, reapplying every 1.5 to 2 hours while you’re outdoors.

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