I’ve known for the past few years that I have a terrible allergic reaction to sunscreen. Basically, when I put it on my face, my skin starts to feel like there is acid burning through me. It is quite nasty. As such, I have been buying this more expensive L’Oreal Ombrelle sunscreen that doesn’t have the ingredient in it that I’m allergic to (namely, octyl methoxycinnamate.)
This weekend in Pemberton it was incredibly sunny and bright. We were all putting on sunscreen like mad to avoid burning. I was using my Ombrelle. All was good.
Monday when we were back in Vancouver, I was sitting at my desk at work when I noticed that my face was itchy and bumpy and raised. I went to the pharmacist who suggested I used a mild moisturizer, which is what I did. It didn’t really help.
Tuesday wasn’t any better, except that it was more itchy.
Wednesday I went back to the pharmacist, who gave me a free sample of an anti-histamine to see if that would help. It didn’t.
Today I went to the walk-in clinic after work. The doctor there looked at it and told me that it is quite probably a reaction my skin had to the combination of my sunscreen and the amount of sun I got.
Basically this means I am also allergic to my new(er) sunscreen, but only if I’m out in the sun. Awesome. Skin Cancer here I come.