The thing about seeing doctors is that we tend to place a lot of trust in them to do what’s right for our skin. They didn’t go through medical school for 5 years and have the letters D.R. in front of their names for nothing, right? But the thing is, are they always right?
I recently saw a skin doctor who is by all accounts knowledgeable and informative and helpful. He also recommended me a brand of sunscreen that has raves all over and is quite possibly one of the better sunscreens out there in the market. He was even fine with my purchasing it elsewhere instead of from him – that’s how cool he was with it. I’ll tell you about it another day.
The active ingredient is Oxtinoxate 7.5% and Zinc Oxide 10.5% and sunscreen experts will tell you that that sort of sun protection is what you should be looking for. Zinc Oxide is a very stable mineral and an excellent physical blocker of UVA and UVB rays. The best touted sunscreens in the world use Zinc Oxide.
The snag is this : my skin hates zinc oxide. In low doses, I could probably tolerate it, but not in higher concentrations. I mentioned it and was told to just give it a try – it could just be the formula in previous products that didn’t agree with me, because zinc oxide isn’t a known irritant. Well, I did give it a try and as I suspected, I did end up with clogged pores and breakouts along the jawline and chin area. This is precisely what happened before this too.
Just last week, after a month or two of using the product, I decided to take things into my own hands. I stopped using the sunscreen altogether and went back to La Roche Posay Anthelios XL. Over 2 days, the worst of my breakouts started to heal. Areas I treated with my breakout busters skincare started to respond to treatment and I stopped getting new spots. By all accounts, my skin looked and felt much better.
I have tried a few products with Zinc Oxide and its never been pretty. I realize its an excellent UV blocker and it is in fact recommended for those with sensitive skin. Well, that’s great… if you can tolerate it. My skin just cannot. So I stick to formulations with Titanium Dioxide blockers.
And here’s the deal. I knew this. I knew my skin couldn’t take it although “everyone” and the medical profession knows that Zinc Oxide isn’t a skin irritant. But there is always that 1% that can’t tolerate it and that 1% just happens to be me.
So, no. I don’t think skin doctors are always right. They could excel at other aspects of treatment, and I would trust them implicitly to tell me what’s right for me or what I should or should not do. But when you think something doesn’t work for you, you have to be able to take things into your own hands and say enough. Because hey, its your skin! 🙂
Your say: Is your skin doctor always right? Do you have a similar sort of story to share?