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Is it ok to apply sunscreen on folliculitis of arm?

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Posted on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I am recovering from folliculitis on my arm (happened after getting tattooed). I will be on vacation in the sun in approx. one month. Is it okay to wear sunscreen and what is the best kind to use on it?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 38 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Sunscreen

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic

I am Dr kakkar. I have gone through your query and I have understood it

Yes, it would be absolutely ok to use a sunscreen out on a holiday where you expect to get a lot of sun exposure.

Ideally you should use a broad spectrum sunscreen that which offers both UV B as well as UV A protection through out the day. A sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 would be adequate. It should be re applied every 2-3 hours, whenever out in the sun, insufficient quantity to offer maximum protection.

Moreover it should be water resistant so that it stays effective even after swimming and does'nt gets washed off.

A sunscreen that contains inorganic or physical filters like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide are broad spectrum and therefore preferable.

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 9 minutes later
Thank you. Is there any risk of irritating the hair follicles with the sunscreen, causing the folliculitis bumps to come back?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Use a gel based sunscreen product

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I Don't think so. As a precaution don't use a very oily or greasy sunscreen product. A gel based sunscreen or aquagel based sunscreen would be fine.

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