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Keep Your Skin Burn-Free When You Avoid These Common Sunburn Triggers

The weather is heating up, and you know what that means: your risk of getting a sunburn is about to rise along with the temperature. Even during a pandemic, it’s likely that you’re finding ways to stay active outdoors, making adequate sun protection crucial. But, even though you might frequently apply sunscreen, avoid going outdoors during peak hours, and wear wide-brimmed hats whenever possible, there are a few unexpected things that make you more likely to get a sunburn. Be sure to avoid these when you’re planning on going outdoors this summer!  

Antibiotics and Other Medications 

If you’ve been sick lately, take regular medication, or apply prescription-grade products to your skin, you might find it much harder to avoid getting a sunburn. Many antibiotics and other drugs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays, from allergy medicine to certain antidepressants. Even acne treatments can make your skin extra sensitive. As a rule of thumb, always check the label of your medication before risking direct sun exposure, and when in doubt, consult with your doctor.  

Essential Oils  

Did you know that some essential oils contain chemical compounds that make a sunburn more likely? Citrus oils, including bergamot peel, grapefruit peel, lime peel, and lemon peel, are the ones you should be particularly wary of using, since they can cause a phototoxic reaction – something that happens when sunlight activates a certain drug or compound. In fact, it’s recommended that you avoid sun exposure for a full 12 hours after applying any product with citrus essential oils.  

Retinoid-Based Skin Care 

A powerful solution for removing dead skin and promoting cell turnover, retinoids are a common component of many people’s anti-aging skincare routine. If you are among that population, you should know that retinoids and any other products with retinol can make you more likely to burn. Keep your skin smooth and burn-free by only using retinoids at night. If irritation persists, consider removing retinol from your routine until the season is over.  

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