Eucerin Sun Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50

A superior face and body sunscreen for allergy-prone skin. Protects against sun allergies and sun-induced skin damage.

Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers high factor UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense. Alpha-Glycosylrutin helps to prevent sun-induced allergies such as PLE.

Sun allergy protection for face and body

 UV light is the main cause of sun-induced skin damage, but high-energy visible (HEVIS) light can also induce free radicals that cause further stress to skin.

Eucerin Sun Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 is a face and body sunscreen specially formulated for skin prone to sun-induced allergies such as Polymorphus Light Eruption (PLE). The Advanced Spectral Technology combines broadband and photostable UVA/UVB filters1 for high UV protection with Licochalcone A to neutralize free radicals caused by UV and HEVIS light. It also contains Alpha-Glycosylrutin which helps to prevent sun-induced allergies such as PLE.

Unperfumed, to minimize the risk of skin irritation, the non-greasy and non-sticky creme-gel absorbs quickly and is water-resistant.

(1.)Meeting the high standards for UVA and UVB protection defined by Cosmetics Europe. The levels of UVA protection are higher than the EU recommendation.

Clinical and dermatological studies

Clinical and dermatological studies prove very good tolerability on skin prone to sun allergies such as PLE.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of sun allergy?

Sun allergies are very common, especially among young women and people with fair skin. The most common form of sun allergy is Polymorphus Light Eruption (often abbreviated to PLE). Typical symptoms include a bumpy and irritating rash and skin redness, but you may also get blisters and pustules. Symptoms tend to develop a day or two after being in the sun and are normally on the underside of the arms and the chest − facial skin can be affected, but this is less common. 

Other sun allergies include Acne Aestevalis (more commonly known as Mallorca acne). The symptoms of Acne Aestevalis closely resemble those of PLE. It typically effects women between 25 and 40 who experienced acne during puberty.

You can read about these allergies as well as how to care for allergy-prone skin in sun allergies: PLE and others.

Does skin that’s prone to sun allergies need special suncare?

Like sensitive skin, allergy-prone skin has a weakened protective barrier making it more vulnerable to external irritants. One of those external irritants is the sun. Certain chemicals − such as perfume − can also trigger a reaction in sensitive, allergy-prone skin. Eucerin Sun Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 gives skin prone to sun allergies the high level of sun protection it needs. It also contains antioxidants that soothe skin and strengthen skin´s own protection system against UVA-induced free radicals, thereby helping to prevent the formation of sun allergies.

How do I know which SPF to use?

Sunscreens are available in four different levels of protection: low (factor 6 to 10), medium (15 to 25), high (30 to 50) and very high (50+). The higher the protection factor the better your skin is protected, but it’s important to apply the product thoroughly (be careful not to miss any bits) and to reapply it generously every two hours.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin. They stimulate the production of free radicals in the skin which cause oxidative stress and can lead to indirect DNA damage (where the free radicals modify cellular DNA over time). UVA rays are most commonly associated with photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun). They can also trigger sun allergies such as Polymorphous Light Eruption (PLE). UVB rays can also provoke allergies, but to a lesser extent.

UVB rays provide the energy your skin needs to make Vitamin D and stimulate the production of melanin which is responsible for tanning. They don’t travel as deeply as UVA rays, penetrating only the outermost layers of skin, but they cause more immediate damage such as sunburn. UVB rays are directly absorbed by cellular DNA and can lead to skin diseases such as actinic keratosis and skin cancer.

Both types of UV can induce hyperpigmentation and may contribute to conditions such as sun spots (also known as age spots) and melasma.

What is high-energy visible light and why does my skin need to be protected from it?

The sunlight spectrum consists of UV, visible and infrared light. Visible sunlight can be detected by the human eye, while the others remain invisible. Part of this visible spectrum has a high energy level and is known as high-energy visible light. It is also referred to as HEVIS light, HEV Light, HEVL and sometimes ‘blue light’ or ‘blue violet light’

Like UVA rays, HEVIS light penetrates the deeper layers of skin (the dermis) and can generate free radicals. These free radicals are one of the main causes of photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun). They interfere with skin cells and break down the collagen and elastin that gives our skin its plump, youthful appearance. HEVIS light has also been linked to uneven skin pigmentation and melasma.

Many modern sunscreens offer effective protection against UVA and UVB rays, but we recommend that you look out for products that also defend against the negative effects of HEVIS light. These products will give your skin reliable protection from photoaging and, in the long run, can also help to combat visible signs of skin aging. 

Ingredients

Choose a sunscreen for sun allergies

Choose a product that offers the right level of protection for your skin. It should protect against UVA and UVB rays and offer HEVIS light defense. It should also be suitable for your skin type and condition.

How much sun allergy sunscreen should I use?

It’s important to use sufficient product and to reapply it at regular intervals.

You can use your palm to measure how much. We recommend a thick line of creme-gel (stretching from the tip of your middle finger to your wrist) for each area (1-11) on the diagram:

  • 1. Face and neck
  • 2 & 3. Both arms
  • 4. Chest
  • 5.  Stomach
  • 6 & 7. The top of your legs (front and back)
  • 8 & 9. The bottom of your legs (front and back) plus your feet
  • 10. Shoulders and upper back
  • 11. Lower back

You’ll need an amount about the size of a golf ball to cover your body. 

Apply sunscreen for sun allergies thoroughly

Ensure that all exposed areas get the protection they need. Some parts are easy to miss. Don’t forget the ears, the back of the neck, the back and shoulders, the backs of the arms, the hands and feet and the areas at the edges of swimwear.
Eucerin research2 indicates that, on average, 14% of the back of the female body and 22% of the back of the male body is regularly exposed to the sun’s rays without any protection whatsoever.

(2.) Internal Beiersdorf study of 2016 on the use of sun protection amongst a sample of 52 (29 women, 23 men)

Important usage instructions

  • Apply generously before sun exposure and reapply frequently− especially after swimming, perspiring or toweling − to maintain the original protection
  • Reducing the quantity will significantly lower the level of protection
  • Do not stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product
  • Over-exposure to the sun is a serious health threat
  • Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Allow product to absorb completely, and avoid direct contact with textiles and hard surfaces to prevent staining

Apply sunscreen for sun allergy

Do's and Dont's

Use this product if …

Try a different product if …

You’re looking for a high factor sunscreen for allergy-prone skin:

Eucerin Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 has been specially formulated to give allergy-prone skin on the face and body the care and protection it needs.

You’re looking for a sun protection product that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays as well as from the negative effects of HEVIS light:

Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers superior UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense.

You’re looking for a sun protection product for highly sensitive skin:

 Eucerin Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 is clinically and dermatologically tested and proven to be suitable for highly sensitive and photosensitive skin.

You’re looking for the benefits of Eucerin Sun Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 but prefer a lower SPF:
You have sensitive, allergy-prone skin and are looking for an After Sun product:
Your skin is sensitive and you’re looking for a very high factor sunscreen for your body, but you prefer a spray format:

Try Eucerin Sun Spray Sensitive Protect SPF 50+ (for sensitive skin including atopic skin) or Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent Sensitive Protect SPF 50+ (for sensitive skin including acne-prone skin).

You’re looking for a very high factor sunscreen to protect your body from signs of premature skin aging:

Sun Protection Superior sun protection tailored to skin condition

Eucerin Sun products offer comprehensive protection against sun-induced skin damage.

The innovative Advanced Spectral Technology combines broadband and photostable UVA/UVB filters1 for reliable UV protection with antioxidant Licochalcone A for high-energy visible (HEVIS) light defense. Glycyrrhetinic Acid provides additional DNA protection.2

The superior sun protection range includes products that are tailored to individual skin needs and contain active ingredients for specific skin conditions:

  • If your skin is oily and/or acne-prone, the formula containing sebum-regulating Oil Control Technology with lipid-absorbing pigments leaves an immediate dry touch finish and has a long-lasting anti-shine effect.
  • If your primary skin concern is premature aging, the Photoaging products with short- and long-chain Hyaluronic Acid will visible reduce the signs of skin aging.
  • If your skin is prone to sun allergies, the Sun Protection and After Sun formulas with Alpha-Glucosylrutin will help to prevent sun-induced allergies such as PLE.
The range also includes Eucerin Kids Sun products (which have been specially formulated to soothe and protect your child’s sensitive and delicate skin) as well as both adult and children’s products that are suitable for atopic skin. 

Eucerin Sun products are available in a range of medium, high and very high SPFs. All are clinically and dermatologically proven to be both highly effective and well tolerated by sensitive skin.

1 - Meeting the highest standards for UVA and UVB protection as defined by Cosmetics Europe.  The levels of UVA protection are higher than the EU requirement. 
2 -  Eucerin Kids Mineral Sun Lotion does not include Advanced Spectral Technology but uses clinically proven non-chemical filters. Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light Sensitive Protect, Eucerin Sun Spray Sensitive Protect, Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent Sensitive Protect and Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch do not contain Glycyrrhetinic Acid.