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I have been using sunscreen daily for the past few years now to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. I have noticed that within half an hour of application I develop dark circles around the eyes, slight puffiness and sometimes some stinging. I have tried several different sunscreens but currently I use a natural sunscreen that does not contain oxybenzone or parabens. It contains zinc oxide. I also have rosacea and the sunscreen often aggravates this.
The sunscreen feels sticky and uncomfortable, and sometimes it aggravates my skin so much with the dark circles and redness that one time someone told me 'something looks like it is going into your body that shouldn't be'. I sometimes resort to washing it off early as it is uncomfortable.
I have a dilemma because while I don't want my skin to age prematurely and I wish to protect it from the sun, I can't live life looking rough. I know I am not imagining this because when I was on holiday earlier this year one day I forgot to apply sunscreen and accidentally got my face very burnt walking around a lake; my bags completely disappeared a few days later!
I did read somewhere that lack of vitamin D can cause dark circles, so I have started taking supplements. But it still doesn't explain why my dark circles develop within half an hour of applying sunscreen. Is this normal?
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