Question: Is there a sunscreen that will not worsen my child's atopic dermatitis (eczema)?
Answer: It's important to realize that, while the sun's UV rays can have some beneficial effects in children with atopic dermatitis, we certainly don't want our children to have excessive exposure and certainly not allow them to be sunburned. Therefore, it's important to find a sunscreen -- if they're going to be out there in the sun -- as some of our patients will use hats and protective clothing to help with this problem, as they find a number of sunscreens to be irritating to their dermatitis.
In general, sunscreens that are made to be used on the face may be better tolerated by our patients. One particular one that we have found helpful in our patients with atopic dermatitis is Vanicream Sunscreen, although certainly there may be others that can help as well.
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