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Internal sunscreens and water proof sunscreens?

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Few days back my sister visited my place and met my dermatologist. Since she had a lot of tanning, the doc suggested a tablet of internal sunscreen and multi-vitamin. I’ve forgotten the name. There is one iGlow powder also available which is for the same purpose. Has any one of you used these tablets? Are they effective. I want to know because, I will be traveling to a beach destination for a holiday and will be out in the sun for long durations.

Also, which is a good water-proof sunscreen brand that can be used by APST2-3 skin in the swimming pool?

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Hi Anuja! 🙂 I had posted about 2 waterproof sunscreen options here. Do check them out: https://acnemantra.com/questions/waterproof-sunscreen-india/ One of them is Sebamed Sun Care which came up with a few mildly comedogenic ingredients on Skingredients. It sounds fine so far. There’s another one I’ve mentioned in that link, it’s from Avene. I’ve used it in the past and found it okay too. Both are high protection waterproof ones.

 

Internal or oral sunscreen capsules are becoming popular these days. Glow is one such brand of capsules. Others are Skin O2 (capsules) and Imedeen (tablets). They are all mainly anti-oxidants that build up your resistance to oxidative damage caused by the sun.

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What about SUN CARE MULTI PROTECT SUN SPRAY Available in SPF 30? I skingredient-ed it and found only two mildly comedogenic products: Dimethicone is mildly comedogenic and Panthenol is mildly comedogenic.

Ingredient list:

Aqua, Dibutyl Adipate, Octocrylene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Cellulose Gum, Silica, Parfum, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Inulin, Lecithin

 

I do not wish to take oral sunscreens on a regular basis, but do you think it would be useful to use them while traveling in the sun for long durations?

 

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I forgot to mention the brand. It’s Sebamed Sun Care….

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Hi Anuja, this one sounds pretty similar to the lotion formula in terms of the ingredients. Looks like the main difference is in the formulation – spray versus lotion. Take your pick.

 

Since your dermatologist prescribed oral sunscreens to your sis, it should be okay for you too to take them for the duration of the prescription. I mean, for a short term if she is allowed to take them, then so are you. Anti-oxidants do work, but I do not have any data about how powerful their sun protection is compared to a leave-on sunscreen. If you feel uncomfortable in any way, I skip those tablets.

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When I went to Australia last time, I got nasty sun burns all over my neck and upper part of chest. Although my face was saved. At that time my acne problem was not too much and we applied whichever sunscreen we got which was above 50 SPF. Even after applying the sunscreen, I got burnt – maybe I did not reapply sufficiently after being in the water.

I don’t want that to happen again, so was wondering about oral sunscreens – so that I don’t return a baked version of myself!

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If you do not have acne on the neck and upper chest, you could use a different sunscreen there – a pasty sunblock, if you will. Get the maximum strength formula you can for these areas. For the face, you’re already set. It is currently winters in Australia, so hopefully the sun won’t be that harsh?

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Hi Anuja, so which sunscreen did you end up using on your face during your holiday? And for the neck? How was the vacation itself? 🙂

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I haven’t gone to the big vacation yet (to Phuket), which I will go in October (still a long time to go), but went on a mini vacation to Karwar (beach side). I used my favourite Lotus 3-in-1 matte religiously on my face. I sprayed Evian water over my face to wipe and reapplied the sunscreen frequently. This was a great way to freshen up during long drives.

For the rest of the body I used a left over bottle of Sunban 30 SPF. The damned sunscreen is not over yet!

Luckily, I did not get tanned and did not break out. Yippie! This has happened first time ever on any vacation. I always used to break out whenever on a vacation due to wrong sunscreen or makeup. A few minor white bumps appeared but they went away when I reached home and slept properly.

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