You slather on SPF, avoid midday sun, and don broad-brimmed sun hats on the beach. You’re safe, right? According to WebMD, you might not be. Though you might be doing the right things to protect yourself, you might actually be doing some things that they call “Sunburn Boosters” – things that increase your sun sensitivity and make you more likely to get burned. Check this list of 15 skin, beauty, and medicine treatments that may be making your skin more sensitive:
1. Acne Treatments: Over-the-counter creams containing benzoyl peroxide, and prescription drugs like Accutane, doxycycline, and Soriatane.
2. Cosmetic treatments: Microdermabrasion, chemical and laser treatments, and exfoliants.
3. Skin Products: Ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), salicylic acid, glycolic acids, Retin-A, and hydrocortisone
4. Sunscreen: Benzophenones, dibenzoylmethane, oxybenzone, cyclohexanol, salicylates, cinnamate, and PABA
5. Foods: Celery, citrus fruits, dill, fennel, parsley, parsnips, and artificial sweeteners.
6. Anti-inflammatories: Prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers like Celebrex, Aleve, and ibuprofen.
7. Antibiotics: Tetracyclines, sulfa drugs, and quinolones. (Check your prescription for contents)
8. Herbal Remedies: Dong quai, St. John’s wort.
9. Perfumes: Lavendar, cedar, bergamot oil, sandalwood, rose bengal, musk, and 6-mthylcoumarine.
10. Antihistamines: Benadryl and products with diphenhydramine.
11. Antifungals: Griseofulvin-containing products.
12. Heart Medicines: Amiodarone (Cordarone), nifedipine (Procardia), quinidine (Quinaglute and Quinidex), and diltiazem (Cardize, Dilacor, and Tiazac).
13. Chemotherapy drugs: Imatinib and dasatinib.
14. Diabetes: Sulfonylureas including Diabinese and glyburide.
15. Diuretics: Hydrochlorothiazide, which is used to treat high blood pressure, and Lasix.