Eczema babies can really suffer in the heat of the sun. The sun can dry out the skin which can lead to more flare-ups and a lot more itchiness. Itchy baby co. will look at what sunscreen, what to look out for and some other sun protection tips.
What are the different types of sunscreen?
There are two types of sunscreen ‘mineral’ and ‘chemical’. The key difference between them is chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin while mineral sunscreens sit on the skin acting as a barrier. Mineral sunscreens are made up of compounds like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—natural minerals ground down to fine powders. Chemical sunscreens have ingredients like avobenzone or oxybenzone.
What type of sunscreen generally works better for eczema kids?
Generally the mineral sunscreens work better for eczema kids. This is because what makes them work isn’t absorbed into the skin so there’s a less of a chance they will cause skin irritation. As well as this mineral sunscreen reflect light, unlike chemical sunscreens which convert light to heat, this is better because eczema can be easily triggered by heat. A lot of sunscreens are a mixture of mineral and chemical formulations.
As with many things eczema related, what works for one eczema baby may not for another so always patch test sunscreen on a small area of skin and wait 24 hours before using it all over the body.
How to look after your eczema baby in the sun
- apply a thick moisturiser about half an hour before you apply sunscreen to your eczema baby to lessen the drying effect of the sun without interfering with the sunscreen
- avoid any fragranced sunscreen because there’s more of a chance this will cause skin irritation
- look at the texture of the sunscreen you choose – a thinner sunscreen will probably be better for your eczema baby – thicker sunscreens can have more oil and be uncomfortable
- try to avoid having sand on your eczema baby’s skin when applying sunscreen – this can irritate delicate skin
Other tips for your eczema baby in the sun
- wear a wide brimmed hat
- find a shady spot and set yourself up there
- invest in a good sunshelter for the beach
- avoid the hottest part of the day (late morning to mid afternoon)
- wear loose clothing
- stick to your skincare routine to keep the skin moisturised, protected and healthy
This blog post was brought to you and your baby with love and care by Julia and the itchybabyco. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.