With rates of skin cancer on the rise, people with eczema need to be prepared to self-screen for any trouble spots that flaring skin may make it hard to identify
Published On: Aug 18, 2017
Last Updated On: Jul 15, 2021
Summer is here and protecting your skin from the sun is more important than ever. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. The good news is that with proper skin care, many cases of skin cancers can be prevented.
People living with eczema are even more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays and have more challenges finding sunscreen products that work for their skin. Factors including chemicals in the sunscreen, preservatives, and the base can affect people in different ways.
The National Eczema Association (NEA) includes a number of sunscreen products in its Seal of Acceptance™ program to help you find the best products for you and your family. Sunscreens that have been awarded the Seal of Acceptance™ must meet the following criteria:
Below are sunscreens that have received NEA’s Seal of Acceptance™:
In addition to selecting the product that works best for your skin, it’s also important to practice proper skincare. It’s common for people to not use enough sunscreen and don’t reapply often enough, which can mean you’re not getting the full SPF protection indicated on the label. Be generous in your application and keep in mind the following tips:
Finally, if you are using a product for the first time, test the product first. Apply a small amount, about the size of a pea, to the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow. Don’t wash that area for 24–48 hours and watch for any allergic reaction such as redness, a rash, any form of breakout on the skin, itchiness, pain, flaking, etc.