If you have eczema, you know how hard it is to calm your skin and find a good sunscreen that won’t cause a painful flare-up. In this post, you’ll learn.
- 3 ingredients to look for in eczema-friendly sunscreen
- 3 recommended best sunscreens for eczema
Eczema affects 1 in 10 Americans. Eczema refers to several conditions that cause inflamed skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type, but there are other types of eczema including: contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, and dyshidrotic eczema.
If you have eczema, then you know sunscreen usually flares up your skin and makes it worse. Summertime in general is rarely a friend to sensitive skin. The heat and humidity cause breakouts and flareups, and you’ve probably flinched even thinking about applying most sunscreens on your cracked skin.
When our youngest son was a baby (and several years beyond) his skin constantly erupted around his eyes, his knuckles, his inner elbow, and behind his knees. He was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis when he about 2 years old.
Before we started Waxhead (and I used other sunscreens), he grimaced and flinched when I rubbed sunscreen on his skin. I knew we needed something to soothe as well as protect his eczema-prone skin from UV rays — these experiences were the pivotable reasons why we started Waxhead.
Best Sunscreen Ingredients for Eczema
Once we took a deep dive into researching sunscreens, we choose mineral sunscreen ingredients to offer broad-spectrum, fragrance-free sun and skin cancer protection, without the petrochemicals that aggravated sensitive skin. Ingredients that not only didn't harm skin but NOURISHED it, such as:
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
Importantly, this active sunscreen ingredient is anti-inflammatory, helpful to skin irritations like eczema and rosacea. Zinc oxide absorbs and scatters UV energy, preventing skin penetration and cell damage.
The broadest-spectrum UVA/UVB reflector that’s FDA-approved for sunscreen use, zinc oxide is also the only FDA-approved active ingredient for use on children under 6 months of age.
A top moisturizer, beeswax protects and repairs rough, dry, or chapped skin by locking in moisture. Beeswax has emollient properties, softening and rehydrating skin while aiding in cellular reconstruction. It is also non-comedogenic, i.e. it won’t clog pores.
Plus beeswax has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in the treatment of eczema and acne. Waxhead uses only non-GMO, certified organic beeswax in our skincare products.
Coconut oil has been a skin softener for 1000s of years. Our certified organic extra virgin coconut oil is extracted from the meat of the coconut, is fairly traded and less processed than refined coconut oil.
Due to its high content of saturated fatty acids, coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer, providing necessary hydration to keep skin nourished and help repair damaged skin cells.
Best Sunscreens for Eczema
These 3 anti-inflammatory sunscreens are built to calm irritated skin, keep moisture locked into dry skin and protect skin from sun damage.
1. Zinc Oxide Stick Sunscreen
A little goes a long way and stays on to defend through saltwater, sweat and surf.
The coconut oil and beeswax help soothe and calm eczema.
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2. Baby Sunscreen with Vitamin D
Actually, ALL Waxhead sunscreens are completely safe for babies (and all humans), but our hard-working skin-nourishing zinc oxide protection for sensitive skin includes both vitamins E and D and extra virgin olive oil to give extra nourishment for eczema-prone and sensitive skin in general.
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3. Waxhead Sunscreen Fields Tins
These travel-friendly, pocket size field tins make it easy to carry zinc oxide sunscreen everywhere.
With the exact same formulation as our Sport sticks, the coconut oil and beeswax in this sunscreen will help soothe and calm eczema.
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ConclusionEven though our son has "out-grown” the worst of his eczema, he still gets flare-ups in summer and winter. We actively use our Waxhead sunscreens on his skin, and I’m happy to testify they really do help soothe and protect his irritated eczema-prone skin.
1. Know your ingredients — Flip over your sunscreen and read the ingredients. We want everyone to know what good ingredients are, regardless of whether they use our products or not. Your health is worth it.
2. Buy safe sunscreen — Waxhead is dedicated to using only the healthiest, safest, most effective ingredients in our sunscreens. Shop Safe Sunscreen here.
3. Teach a friend — If you know someone who might still be buying sunscreen with questionable ingredients, please share this post with him/her.