Oxybenzone is a chemical ingredient found in commercial sunscreen lotions. It is a sunscreen agent that functions by absorbing the harmful UV rays that cause sunburn. It is applied directly to the skin and does not require a prescription for purchase. Some individuals may experience side effects from using sunscreen lotions which contain oxybenzone.
Common Side Effects
It is common for individuals to notice dry or tight skin after sunscreen containing oxybenzone has been used.
Severe Side Effects
Some individuals may be allergic to sunscreen containing oxybenzone. Signs of an allergic reaction include burning, itching, swelling, rash and blisters. If these symptoms occur, discontinue using the product and seek medical attention.
Sunscreen containing oxybenzone is not known to cause any complications in pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Sunscreen should not be applied to children under six months of age. For children older than six months, apply sunscreen lotion liberally and reapply as needed.
Those with pre-existing skin conditions should consult with a physician before using a sunscreen which contains oxybenzone.
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