Can Sunscreen Actually Burn You?

Most people wear sunscreen to protect themselves from getting burned. Well, according to the FDA, there have been “five separate incidents in which people wearing sunscreen spray near sources of flame suffered significant burns that required medical attention.”The FDA says that while sunscreen wearers should never apply sunscreen near an open flame, in these five cases the burns occurred after sunscreen spray had already been applied. Ignition sources varied from lighting a cigarette to standing too close to a citronella candle, and approaching a barbecue grill.
According to an ABC news story, “warning labels on popular brands such as Banana Boat tend to be general, saying, ‘Flammable: do not use near heat, flame.’ A previous release from Energizer Holdings Inc., which owns Banana Boat, announced the voluntary market recall of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.”
At ESD, we think that the only thing you should worry about getting burned by is the sun, not your sunscreen! To learn more about great sun protection products that we love and endorse, OR to schedule an appointment with our board certified dermatologists, visit our website at or give us a call at 614-863-3222.

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