Zinc Oxide in Sunscreens - Best Sun Protection According to Dermatologists

17 October 2019

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Best Sun Protection- Surprisingly, not all sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Besides the size of the SPF number, you need to make sure that your sunscreen choice is formulated for a broad spectrum, this means that it has the ability to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide in sunscreens has been highly recommended by dermatologists as they work effectively to prevent skin damage and premature aging.

Zinc oxide in sunscreens works as an inert mineral that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. It sits on top of the skin, forming a barrier against the sun rays, preventing it from penetrating. Zinc oxide sunscreens will start protecting you as soon as you put them on. It doesn’t need to be applied 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. 

 

Suitable for Sensitive Skin Types

Zinc oxide is well-known for its healing properties and anti-bacterial agent, which helps skin recover from burns or wounds. Formulations with zinc oxide are also preferred because it helps to keep moisture locked in and is highly used for treating acne breakouts.

Also, as it’s not absorbed into the skin like chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide tends to be less irritating. Especially for sensitive skin types and those with acne, rosacea, and eczema. People with these skin conditions can benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of zinc oxide.

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Patients with skin discoloration, including melasma, will also benefit zinc oxide’s ability to block out visible and infrared light while not producing heat, which can aggravate pigmentary problems. It’s also a great option for infants as young as six months—who have weak skin barriers that are not as developed.

 

The White-Cast Controversy

However, zinc oxide in sunscreens may have several cons that are not flattering for some people, such as white-cast appearance. When applied, sunscreens with zinc oxide tend to appear quite white on the skin and leave a translucent appearance. When you use higher concentrations to achieve high SPF values, the formulas are often tinted to mask the white discoloration it would leave on the skin otherwise. 

As the technology is getting more advanced these days, sunscreens with zinc oxide are now available in clear and tinted versions that can reduce the amount of white residue left on your skin and offer all the natural sun protection you need.

Today's zinc oxide sunscreens are making great improvements to make up for (thick, white, pasty) iterations past, offering up modern formulas for those who would prefer to avoid long-term sun damage or a white stripe down the bridge of their nose.

 

 


Zinc oxide in sunscreens has been chosen as the ideal sun protection by dermatologists. At Citra Cakra Logam, we are happy to provide only the best zinc material for your personal care products, call us in +62343657777 or send us an email to info@citracakralogam.com. Our team will guide you through the whole process.

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