Can sunscreen cause hives?

We’ve all been there. You slather on some sunscreen to protect your delicate skin from those harmful UV rays, only to wake up the next day looking like you had a run-in with a hive of angry bees. But can sunscreen really cause hives? And if so, what should you do about it? In this article, we’ll take a humorous look at the science behind sunscreens and hives, and offer some tips for keeping your skin happy and healthy all summer long.

What Are Hives?

First things first: let’s talk about what hives actually are. Also known as urticaria in the medical world (try saying that five times fast), hives are raised bumps or welts on the skin that often appear suddenly and can be very itchy. They’re usually caused by an allergic reaction to something like medication or food, but they can also be triggered by stress, heat, or cold temperatures.

So where does sunscreen come into play? Well…

Could Your Sunscreen Be To Blame?

In short: yes…and no. While it’s certainly possible to have an allergic reaction to certain ingredients in your sunscreen (more on that later), hives can’t necessarily be attributed solely to sun protection.

One possibility is something known as Solar Urticaria – which believe me sounds way cooler than just plainly getting blocked pores. Essentially this means being exposed to sunlight spontaneously creates blisters-like symptoms onto your body; well isn’t life fab! However luckily enough once you stop exposure everything fades away back-into-sun-kissed blissfulness!

Another possibility is heat sensitivity; when skin gets too hot either due environmental factors surrounding/the synthetic chemicals used etc within dryness/itchiness etc may occur notably because somehow yourself has managed just enough exposure without realising this typically leads straight-to itch city mild temp cream to soothe the area is always handy.

Finally, many sunscreens contain a variety of synthetic chemicals meant to protect your skin from UV rays. While most brands are well-tested and generally safe for use, some people may be sensitive or allergic to particular ingredients such as oxybenzone & octinoxate – you will want to keep an eye out! (do not freakout) symptoms typically display in reddened skin (not quite rosacea-red).

What To Do If You Think Your Sunscreen Is Causing Hives?

So what should you do if you suspect that your sunscreen really is the culprit behind those itchy bumps? Here are a few tips:

  1. Observe any reactions on recent exposure– Come on admit it- We all check our bodies post-sunshine dips?! It’s certainly worth watching out incase of issues
  2. When finding yourself having hives take oral antihistamines only- Taking topicals frequently leads to worsening situation by causing more itchiness/do-i-really-want-to-scratch behaviour.
  3. Take cold compresses or anything cool damp cloth on-site, ideally with pressure though so protecting clothing/fabric/cardboard easily found nearby shouldn’t be overlooked!
  4. Make note of what sorts of things have caused this reaction before where possible; outdoor activities perhaps working in garden could’ve initiated/due heat/natural plant foliage rather than solely sun exposure keeping tabs gonna help greatly treating

How To Avoid A Reaction To Sunscreen In The First Place?

Of course, the best way to deal with hives caused by sunscreen is simply avoiding them altogether! This means taking steps like:

Choose Your Sunscreen Wisely

Not all sunscreens are created equal, folks! If you’re prone to allergies or sensitivity when using skincare products; make sure that whatever brand(s) chosen meets everyone single one desired goal ie fragrance free/minimalistic approach/broad spectrum it goes different for everyone.

Patch Test Your Sunscreen First!

It’s like a real-life science experiment! To avoid any nasty surprises, try doing a patch test with your sunscreen first to make sure that you aren’t allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients contained within. Simply spread a small amount on a patch down-arm/bottom-foot/ behind ear and wait 24 hours before using more extensively.

Reapply Regularly

By frequently reapplying SPF throughout sunny day – think every few hours should suffice (taking in surroundings/weather conditions here obviously)-you’re not only protecting your skin from damage caused by UV radiation but also ensuring no issues surrounding retention come out between gaps in application periods allowing sensitivities/allergies build-up unconsciously leading hives etc popping up.

Wrapping It Up

To sum things up: while sunscreens can technically cause hives due to allergies/sensitivities-although it’s quite rare!-these types of reactions typically occur when overheating/general stress factors arise too quickly; all exactly what we want avoided over glorious summer months!

Whether you’re prone to reactions or not utilizing these tips will help ensure happy(ish) healthy(er) summer both mind & body… well at least relieving itchiness immensely doesn’t sound half bad right?

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