Sunscreen Migraines?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Sunscreen Migraines?
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Fri, 07-25-2014 - 12:29pm

I've always been sensitive to face stuff, be it makeup, moisturizers, lotions, etc. Even mascara gives me headaches at times. But I'm having a real problem lately with sunscreen giving me headaches. So much so that I'm dreading wearing it. I usually wear Neutrogena, but I've been experimenting trying to find something that doesn't give the headache. Does anyone have any recommendations? I need the high SPF as I'm really fair, and I've also read just recently that organic is not necessarily better as some ingredients can mimic hormones or something of that effect. I guess I just need a sensitive skin version then. What's your favorite brand?

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Registered: 09-10-2012
Fri, 07-25-2014 - 12:48pm

I was  going to recommend Neutrogena Hypoallergenic Sunscreen but if you are already using it then I don't know of anything else. My daughter has to use that on her son as he can't tollerate anything else. He breaks out and swells from anything else.

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Registered: 03-31-2014
Fri, 07-25-2014 - 4:13pm

What about a baby version that is tear free? I wonder if that would help since you mention mascara doing it too. Could be your eyes. 

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Registered: 04-16-2008
Fri, 07-25-2014 - 4:33pm

Have you tried a mineral sunscreen (look for zinc and/or titanium oxide as the active ingredients)?

There are two ways sunscreen works.  In chemical sunscreens the chemicals, for the most part, absorb the rays.  Mineral sunscreens form a physical barrier by blocking/deflecting the rays.  Since both zinc and titanium dioxides are rather "inert", they should not trigger migraine.  Another thing to look into is perhaps it is not the active ingredients, but fragrances and other stuff that are the culprit ...

Some of my favorites are Nia24 Mineral Sunscreen, Blue Lizard (they have different kind, look for the mineral kind with the least number of ingredients), and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light.  None of these are cheap, but a tube goes a long way even though I religiously use the size of a dime of product on my face everyday.

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 10:57am

Thanks, everyone! I ended up getting the AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 55. It said "gentle as water" on the label, so I figured I'd try that. It worked great! I even used it on the rest of my body and not a single red area. Yay! :) And what's great is I can use it on the kiddo too, so no lugging two bottles and so on. I had it on from 7am until I washed my face at 10pm. No migraines, no sunburn, I'm happy. :)