Can Sunscreen give you a chemical burn?

Warning: That Sunscreen you love could actually caused painful chemical burns.

"Drugstore spf leaves kid with chemical burns"

This was the headline of an article, it told the story of a toddler that suffered red blistered skin due to a chemical burn. What happened? Her mom had applied a common sunscreen to protect the childs' skin while at the beach.

Why did this happen?

The article tried to blame ingredients that were "not-natural". But the reality is that kids are more likely to have allergies and skin reactions. Most will grow out of it as adults.

The Truth is we can be allergic to ANYTHING.

I've had clients allergic to lavender, eucalyptus, and flax seed. A natural skincare preservative is also starting a round of new skin allegies. So allergies are not about "natural" or "not-natural" ingredients.

What can you do?

1. Patch test.

This is easy. At least 1 to 2 days before using a product apply it on a patch of skin. We recommend by the ear since it is easy to cover up. Leave it on all day. Check it at the end of the day. If there is no reaction then it should be ok to apply all over the face.