So, after trying out La Roche-Posay’s Gentle Kids sunscreen, the next day, she had a raised coin-shaped red mark on one of her cheeks. I noticed it the morning after, but still put it on again the next day thinking it was maybe from something else. Anyway, her dad is convinced that it’s from the sunscreen. He already thinks I take the whole sunscreen thing too far anyway, so we are on opposite sides of the spectrum.
I haven’t been using any sunscreen because of the rash, but did pick up two other ones from CVS that I want to try when her skin calms down. The babyganics has both titanium dioxide (3.0%) and zinc oxide (6.0%). It also has a third ingredient octosalate, which isn’t exactly safe but less risky than oxybenzone. My niece uses it with no problems apparently. A nanny at the playground also mentioned that the mom had no issues when using it on her ezcematic child.
So many of my Facebook friends all said they used thinkbaby. I tried it before, and didn’t like it at the time. It made our eyes burn in the shower when we would wash it off. I’m willing to try it again though, after hearing so many people list that as their top choice.
The rash has calmed down a lot since and we haven’t been using anything. In any case, I ran into the beauty manager at CVS outside, and we started talking about the rash and the different kinds of sunscreens out there. She said the La Roche-Posay gentle kids sunscreen was the latest and the greatest out there currently, and that it was the only one that didn’t have a certain nasty carcinogenic chemical in it that all of the other ones had in it. She didn’t recall the name, at the moment, but showed me all of the brochures that she had and said that she went to school to study exactly what we were talking about. The school, when I asked, was taught through Loreal, which owns pretty much every single make-up brand out there, according to the beauty manager. It even owns La Roche-Posay, which happens to be the number one selling cosmetic in France, she said.
When I asked her about the rash, she said her grandkids had gotten that too and that the doctor had said it was a fungus from the sun. A sun rash. I haven’t looked into it, but I’m going to. Wouldn’t she still be getting it though on the days I wasn’t using sunscreen though?
It was a pretty cool though to hear how stores like CVS pick what they have in their stores. It’s still a bit confusing, but at least if I run into her again, I’ll learn more next time.