Tips for Avoiding Sun Flare-Ups

Posted on: 06/03/2013

Sun exposure is a leading rosacea trigger, so here are some tips to help you safely survive the 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.