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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Itchychik, Community Member, asks

Q: Itchy sunscreen rash several days later?

I've got a rash that is nearly unbearable.  Not sure, but I applied a lot of 50 sunscreen on Thursday, and early Saturday morning i started to itch all over -arms, legs, back of neck, etc.   Initially it was only in sunscreen exposed areas, but now on Tuesday it spread to areas that didnt' get sunscreen..Could it be from teh sunscreen? I can't think of a single thing that could be causing it except the sun protection as there hasn't been anything different except that. 


Also, if anyone has a better idea than Benedryl, I'd love to hear it! 

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Susie, Community Member
7/14/09 11:05am

Its not from the sunscreen... Its sun Poisoning....  It will spread the more you itch, even in areas that were not exposed... eucerin used to make a sunscreen specifically for Sun allergies... But not longer on the market... They do make another product for This particular problem, but not sold in the states.... So far, I have not been able to find any other product that worked as well as theirs.

Gamine, Community Member
3/21/11 1:54pm

I'm confused as to how this could be sun poisoning as sun poisoning is just another term for a severe sunburn which this person said nothing about.

Overtherash, Community Member
7/30/09 3:34pm

I normally use a Banana Boat Oil SPF 15, but tried a Coppertone Spray SPF 50 two days ago and now have a rash covering my neck, chest, both my arms and legs.  I'm using Benadryl and Alavert.  Both of my kids had a very small outbreak on a small portion of their skin, but it cleared in about two days with the help of Benadryl.  I'm still pretty miserable and I'm considering going to the doctor. Maybe I need to antibiotics or a steroid to kick this rash!

Itchychik, Community Member
6/ 3/12 8:58am

I also have an itchy rash after using SPF50 sunscreen.  A few times previous when I used sunscreen at a lower SPF I got a milder itchy rash. 

But, I could not figure why or where I got this almost unbearable itch until yesterday.  I wore a tank top and covered my arms, neck and chest area with Water Babies suncreen SPF50.  Most times I do not wear sunscreen.  Last night I had an intense itch on my arms after using the sunscreen.  This morning the itch has now started on my neck.  I don't think I will use sunscreen again.  I will have to cover up and sweat on hot days.

This stuff is used on children and babies!!


PAATTY, Community Member
6/10/14 11:36am
I have found that certain ingredients in some sunscreens cause me to itch. Even washing it off does not help as the sunscreen has already gone into my pores. It seems to be avobenzone. Every time I have an itch, sure enough, avobenzone is a top ingredient... Anyone else notice? Reply
bunnycarrots 50, Community Member
6/13/14 7:33pm

I used two different types of sunblock. I am itchy in those areas that I applied. It took weeks for me to stop the itchness. I am trying to compare what ingredients they share. I need a sunblock.....

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By Itchychik, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/13/14, First Published: 06/30/09