Thu. Jul 18th, 2024


Sunscreens are used to shield the skin from the sun’s damaging rays. They lessen the risk of sunburn and early aging (leathery skin, wrinkles). Additionally, sunscreens reduce the chance of sunburn-like skin responses (sun sensitivity) brought on by some medicines (tetracyclines, sulfa pharmaceuticals, phenothiazines like chlorpromazine).The UV radiation from the sun is absorbed by the active components in sunscreens, keeping it from penetrating the skin’s deeper layers, or it is reflected back.You cannot remain outside in the sun for longer just because you are using sunscreen. Sunscreens are not 100% effective in blocking out solar light.Sunscreens come in a variety of forms and varieties (such as cream, lotion, gel, stick, spray, and lip balm). For details on choosing a sunscreen, see the Notes section.

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How to Apply Sunscreen Gel

Sunscreen should only be used topically. Observe every instruction on the product packaging. See your physician or pharmacist if you have any queries.

Thirty minutes before exposure to the sun, liberally apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Use one ounce (30 grams) to cover your entire body as a basic rule of thumb. After swimming, perspiring, towel-drying off, or if the sunscreen has rubbed off, reapply it. If you spend a lot of time outside, reapply sunblock every two hours. Use the lip balm form exclusively on the region of your lips.

It may catch fire in spray form. When applying the spray, refrain from smoking, and store it away from heat sources and open flames.

Take care to keep sunscreen out of your eyes while applying it to your face. Rinse your eyes well with water if you get sunscreen in them.

Apply with caution or stay away from inflamed skin.

Unless your doctor specifically instructs you to do so, avoid applying sunscreen to infants under six months of age. Infants should ideally avoid the sun and use sun protection when they are outside, such as hats and long sleeves or pants.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have a severe sunburn or if you suspect a significant medical issue.

Adverse Repercussions

Clothing may become stained by certain sunscreen preparations, such as those that include para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) or aminobenzoic acid.

Certain components found in sunscreens may make skin more sensitive. Wash the sunscreen off and cease using it if it causes redness or irritation. Consult your physician or pharmacist about switching to a sunscreen with a different ingredient list.

Remember that if your doctor has prescribed this drug, it is because they believe it will help you more than it will cause negative side effects. Many users of this medicine report no significant adverse effects.

Rarely, this medication might cause a very dangerous adverse response. However, if you have any of the following signs of a significant allergic response, obtain medical attention right away: rash, breathing difficulties, extreme dizziness, itching or swelling, especially in the face, tongue, or neck.

This is not an exhaustive list of all potential adverse effects. Speak to your physician or pharmacist if you have any side effects that are not on this list.


Inform your physician or pharmacist before using sunscreen if you have any allergies to sulfa products, aminobenzoic acid/PABA, any anesthetic medication types (such tetracaine, benzocaine), any of the components in the sunscreen, or any other allergies. Inactive chemicals in this product have the potential to trigger allergic reactions or other issues. For further information, see your pharmacist.


Drug interactions might alter the way your prescriptions function or raise the possibility of severe adverse effects. Not every potential medication interaction is covered in this publication. Make a list of everything you use, including over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as herbal remedies, and provide it to your pharmacist and physician. Before beginning, stopping, or altering the amount of any medication, get your doctor’s clearance