Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips for Protecting Skin from the Sun

Sun exposure is a leading rosacea trigger, so here are some tips to help you to safely survive the spring and summer sun:

•  Find the right sunscreen formula.  There are two types of damaging rays: In general, UVA rays age skin; UVB rays burn it.  Not all sunscreens protect against both types, so look for non-chemical sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium dioxide and an SPF of 15 or higher.

•  Use it early and often.  Apply sunscreen liberally (about a shot glass worth for each application) at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and periodically throughout the time spent in the sun.  Use it daily whether it's sunny or cloudy.

•  Wear a hat.  Make sure the hat has a wide brim or visor to shade your face.  A sun umbrella might also be a good investment if you plan to be out for an extended time.

•  Limit peak exposure.  If possible, avoid being in direct sunlight from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Plan outdoor activities and exercise for when the sun is not as intense.

•  Stay cool.  Remember to stay hydrated by taking along a water bottle.  Chewing on ice chips also helps, especially with flushing.

•  Don't forget your medicine.  Be sure to continue your medical therapy as prescribed by your doctor.