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Sunscreen - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Sunscreen cause?

  • ​Temporary stinging sensation
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop your sunscreen and see your healthcare professional immediately.
  • Skin redness or irritation such as burning, itching
  • Localised skin rash or swelling
  • Pimples (acne)
  • Pain in hairy areas
  • Pus in the hair follicles
  • Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction which include one or more of the following:
    • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

Before taking Sunscreen , what precautions must I follow?

  • ​Inform your healthcare professional if you are allergic to this sunscreen or any of its ingredients.
  • If you have oily or acne-prone skin, avoid greasy formulations of sunscreens.
  • Other ways to maximise sun protection include:
    • Avoiding the sun when it is strongest between 11am to 3pm.
    • Wearing protective clothes under the hot sun. Even if you are under the shade on the beach, sunrays can be reflected off the sand and cause a burn on your skin.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Sunscreen ?

Sunscreen - Additional Information

  • Updated on 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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​If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.

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