I know I have to wear an SPF but sunscreen burns my face…

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Sunscreen seems to burn my face and leave my face with uneven skin tone. Am I applying it wrong?

Can sunscreen burn my face?Thank you for your question. Firstly, I have to ask: “Are you using a body sunscreen on your face? Or are you using a proper facial sunblock?” Body sunscreen does tend to be a bit too harsh for the face. Secondly, if you ARE using a facial sunblock, is it scented? Scented products also tend to sting or burn sensitive skins. Lastly, there are just some people who really do need to be extremely particular about the sunblocks they use and have to pay special attention to the active ingredients in the product, and their skins are just highly reactive; in this case you would need to come and see one of our doctors to have a look at you, analyze your skin and advise you accordingly.

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. MEL1SSA

    I hate sunscreen. I used to use it when I was younger and used to go to the beach or fishing or swimming. But now that I am no longer a tomboy, I will not use it. It is uncomfortably oily and makes me feel like my skin is pearl brown with that shine that it leaves on + you end up looking darker than when you put it on. It’s oily, sticky, and makes me feel uncomfortably dirty.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    I struggle with the same, but the Cetaphil sunscreen is pretty good.

    4 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Whenever I use a body sunscreen on my face I break out. So I usually just make do with my spf15 foundation.

    4 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    I struggled to find a sunscreen to use on my sensitive acne prone skin, and I have found one that I will never again be without, Vichy sunscreen SPF 50 for the face. It’s not greasy and doesn’t block up my pores!

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I thought I was the only one who had greasy looking skin after using a sunblock on my face. It’s good to know I am not alone. I found that using a light-weight setting powder (a translucent one) helps control the greasy look without making my face look cakey.

    4 years ago •

  1. Charlie

    I also really struggle to find one that I like. Most are so greasy :( Trial and error unfortunately.

    4 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    Is a face cream with SPF30, for example, good enough? or do i still need to wear sunscreen?

    4 years ago •

  1. Moe

    Interesting, I thought I was the only one.

    4 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Interesting article, but mine leaves my face super oily. Don’t know how to beat that.

    4 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I got so burnt these past holidays, I have to wear sunscreen, no matter what

    4 years ago •

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