Can Covering Your Sunburn With Makeup Make It Worse?
“It’s definitely not helpful,” says dermatologist Kenneth Howe, MD, of
Wexler Dermatology. “Sunburned skin suffers physical damage from excess ultraviolet radiation, which in turn triggers an inflammatory reaction. Makeup, particularly heavy products, runs the risk of further aggravating the situation.” If you
must wear makeup, there are preemptive steps you should take to prevent further damage. “Moisturize first to serve as your armor against any products you are putting on,” says North Carolina-based dermatologist
Sheel Solomon, MD.