DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!

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DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!

I do not usually do things like this, but I felt compelled to share our families experience, so hopefully no one has to suffer like my son did. 
Last Wednesday our family decided to go swimming so I stopped in at my local Dollar Tree to pick up a few toys for the pool. While I was there, I thought I would grab some extra sun screen just in case. We get to the pool and I rub our family down with sunscreen and get to our oldest son, who is 9, and had to get a new bottle out. Lucky for me, I grabbed some at the Dollar Tree, so we used that on him. We were in the sun for about three and a half hours and reapplied his sunscreen once. We head home and this is what our week looked like for our 9 YEAR OLD!!!

These two pictures were taken about 4 hours after getting out of the pool.

   
 He was miserable and kept saying his skin was burning off. 

These were about 20 hours after leaving the pool.
   
   

24 hours after the pool 

   
    
   
And about 30 hours after leaving the pool 

   
   
These are 5 days after leaving the pool

   

  

  


And these are 9 days after leaving the pool.

    
 My children are fair complected and my husbands family has a history of skin cancer. Because of that, I am extremely cautious of the amount of sun our kids are exposed to.  

Out of five children and two adults, my 9 year old was the only one to use the sunscreen from the Dollar Tree and he is the only one who ended up with a burn. 

These burns were second degree burns. They are excruciatingly painful. My son spent days screaming in pain. He had to orally take three different medicines and had to use two different creams. 

This is completely unacceptable. This product needs to be removed from shelves and all parents need to be made aware of this incident. 

Please, please, PLEASE share this post and let all of your friends know to not purchase this sunblock! My son would have been better off not wearing any sunscreen at all that day. In addition to all the physical pain he had to endure, he is now terrified to go out in the sun and has spent the last week and a half extremely embarrassed and self conscious about the appearance of his burns. 

These burns will scar. They will scar physically and emotionally. And as a mother, my heart is broken. I bought the sun screen. I put it on his body. In trying to protect him, I ended up hurting him so badly. And I’m mad. So very, very mad. 

But knowledge is power. So please learn from my mishap. DO NOT BUY SUNSCREEN FROM THE DOLLAR TREE!!! DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!
This is the brand 

  

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  1. I use this sunscreen, but the SPF 45. This sunscreen is the #1 used Sunscreen in the Middle East and it is made in the UAE, where it is over 100 degrees everyday, so the sunscreen works, and works well. The bottle clearly states to Re-apply after towel drying. This sunscreen does not contain any oils, like other sunscreens do, so if you towel off, the sunscreen will come right off. I am sure the boy accidentally wiped his sunscreen off and hence got burned..

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    • Yes you always reapply but in 3 hrs the sun would never burn him this bad. Shame on you for even stating that it’s BC a child removed it. His mother is right he would have been better having nothing on. If you see he’s not purple. Skin will go purple from burns the blister. So it clearly was the product . He may have had a reaction as well. Please if it’s 45 you use there is this happened it so it’s not natural like your stating .. learn more about your products before stating your opinions.

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      • Yes you always reapply but in 3 hrs the sun would never burn him this bad. Shame on you for even stating that it’s BC a child removed it. His mother is right he would have been better having nothing on. If you see he’s not purple. Skin will go purple from burns then blister. So it clearly was the product . He may have had a reaction as well. Plus if it’s 45 you use there is no way it’s natural like your stating .. learn more about your products before stating your opinions.

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    • that is a seriously infected chemical burn, compounded by the sun. I’ve bought things at dollar tree and some of the laundry detergents and cleaning supplies are very watered down…yes, a lawyer is in order here.

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  2. The exact same thing happened to my grandson. His blisters were not as sever, but pretty bad. He did not use the same sun screen as this boy….Do you have a diagnosis from the doctor?? Our doctor was baffled.

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  3. FIRST: I would not buy something as important as sunscreen at Dollar Tree. Skin is too important for that. SECOND: If I was advertising these burns, I would also advise that THIS IS WHAT THE DOCTOR SAID. There is no mention of doctor visits or ER visits. THIRD: SPF 15 is not near enough. My entire family is fair skinned & we wear 50 or more SPF and reapply atleast every hour & especially after getting out of the water. FOURTH: 3 hours straight in the pool? It can easily come off or be wiped off. Come on Frayed Mama…..do your research and don’t leave out important details !!! Put $15 dollars in to some GOOD sunscreen. KEEP HIS WOUNDS MEDICATED & COVERED FOR 6 MONTHS. YES, 6 MONTHS. (ie: long sleeve shirts & pants) You shouldnt see any scars if you keep them covered & give the skin time to regenerate.

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  4. No, this woman did not use the sun screen incorrectly. I had the same exact experience with my oldest son (22 year old RN). My two youngest children (teenagers) used another brand. My oldest the dollar store brand. We were out about 2 hours. My oldest was horribly burnt. My daughter who is more fair did not so much a get pink. Why? He used the dollar store brand and she used another brand both had the same spf. We could not figure out what happened… until we say this article. Did some research and found out some lotions can cause chemical burns and accelerate the sun exposure. Just because you did not have the same experience this woman and her son did please don’t stupidly awesome it was her fault. She is trying to warn others.

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      • Super helpful-“Don’t buy dollar store lotion.”. Good point-However consumers should expect items purchased not to harm them. I personally am outraged this little boy was horrifically burnt. I don’t blame the mom. Why would I? A reasonable person would assume a product designed to protect from the sun would do that. This product does the exact opposite. This product causes chemical burns and accelerates the affects of sun exposure. Ridi

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  5. No, this woman did not use the sun screen incorrectly. I had the same exact experience with my oldest son (22 year old RN). My two youngest children (teenagers) used another brand. My oldest the dollar store brand. We were out about 2 hours. My oldest was horribly burnt. My daughter who is more fair did not so much as get pink. Why? He used the dollar store brand and she used another brand both had the same spf. We could not figure out what happened… until we say this article. Did some research and found out some lotions can cause chemical burns and accelerate the sun exposure. Just because you did not have the same experience this woman and her son did please don’t stupidly assume it was her fault. She is trying to warn others.

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  6. I am so sorry your son suffered and is still suffering. I wanted to point out that our personal care industry is not regulated in the USA. No law has been passed since 1938 that regulates what is allowed in our products. This means that anyone or any company can put whatever they want in a bottle and sell it. This is true for our shampoos, lotions, make up, soap, and even sunscreen. It is sad but true. I’d suggest doing a lot of research on your companies products before using on your skin or your kids. There are companies that make safe products that work. We all deserve better!

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  7. Consumer Reports just published a great article in their magazine about testing a number of different sunscreens. Unfortunately, they said, MANY sunscreens do NOT match what their SPF claim is. They in fact, protect much less than they claim. But Consumer Reports checks them out so we don’t have to. Shame we can’t trust companies to do the right thing here. But we can’t. I’m so sorry for your son. That looks so painful. Please find the issue (maybe June ish 2017.)

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