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Skin Care Products That Can Cause Sun Sensitivity

Skin Care Products That Can Cause Sun Sensitivity

Skin Care Products That Can Cause Sun Sensitivity

Skincare is essential but with the importance of taking sun protection measures as part of your daily skin care routine. While there are lots of great skin care products that work wonders for your complexion, some of them contain ingredients which can lead to photosensitivity, giving you yet another reason to always slather on your sunscreen. Photosensitivity makes a person sensitive to sunlight and can cause sunburn-like symptoms, a rash or other unwanted side effects. It can be triggered by ingredients that help to exfoliate away dead surface cells or treat acne. The active ingredients reveal fresher skin that is more prone to reacting to the sun’s rays. In addition to using products that contain these ingredients at night, it’s always recommended to apply sunscreen in the morning to help protect skin from sun sensitivity and damage. Below, we have written about the skin care products that can cause sun sensitivity if not used at the right time.


A gold-standard anti-aging ingredient, retinol can be found in a multitude of products formulated to fight wrinkles and the signs of aging. Retinol exfoliates the skin’s surface, ridding it of dead skin cells and creates a younger-looking appearance. According to dermatologists, because the new cells that are revealed when using retinol are delicate, retinol products are recommended to be used at night or with caution during the day by applying SPF on top. Some skin care experts have conflicting views about whether or not retinol is actually safe to use when you will be exposed to sunlight. However, it is better to be safe than sorry so, we recommend applying sunscreen always but especially after using retinol. 

Salicylic Acid

The first step in every great skin care routine is cleansing your skin. Cleansers formulated with salicylic acid are great for removing dirt, excess oil, makeup, impurities, and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. When using products formulated with salicylic acid, it’s important that you take the appropriate sun protection measures because salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, which can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Fruit Enzymes

Fruit enzymes are found in some chemical peels. These are wonderful for gentle exfoliation, which can reveal brighter-looking skin, but they also can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Peels should be avoided during periods of intense sun exposure because they can make a person more vulnerable to the effects of the sun. Skin is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation, irritation and photosensitivity while peeling.

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Glycolic Acid Infused Products

Glycolic acid like alpha hydroxy acid should be used carefully because it can increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultra violet radiation, leading to sunburns. While it is excellent for brightening the skin, targeting wrinkles and creating an even, smooth texture, glycolic acid is a powerful active ingredient and should be used with caution. For sensitive skin, start by using this serum two to three nights a week and build up to nightly use. As part of your morning skin care routine, layer on broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a great facial cleanser but it is best to use it at night to protect your skin from being sensitive to the sun rays. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial made of benzoic acid and oxygen. It penetrates the pores or follicles of the skin and kills the bacteria that lives there and contributes to inflammation that results in acne.

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