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Sunscreen - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Sunscreen cause?

  • ​Temporary stinging sensation
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop your sunscreen and see your healthcare professional immediately.
  • Skin redness or irritation such as burning, itching
  • Localised skin rash or swelling
  • Pimples (acne)
  • Pain in hairy areas
  • Pus in the hair follicles
  • Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction which include one or more of the following:
    • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

Before taking Sunscreen, what precautions must I follow?

  • ​Inform your healthcare professional if you are allergic to this sunscreen or any of its ingredients.
  • If you have oily or acne-prone skin, avoid greasy formulations of sunscreens.
  • Other ways to maximise sun protection include:
    • Avoiding the sun when it is strongest between 11am to 3pm.
    • Wearing protective clothes under the hot sun. Even if you are under the shade on the beach, sunrays can be reflected off the sand and cause a burn on your skin.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Sunscreen?

Sunscreen - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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