Rosacea Triggers
Sun: Protection Strategies that Work

A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society revealed that sun exposure was the number one trigger among respondents, affecting 81% of respondents. Here are sun-protection tips that can help you avoid sun-related flare-ups:

  • Minimize your exposure to the sun by avoiding direct sun exposure during the peak sunlight hours of 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects your face from the sun but does not overheat you.

  • Use an umbrella, or parasol, to shade yourself from the sun when you cannot avoid the sun.

  • Apply a broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors. Your dermatologist can help you find a sunscreen that does not irritate your skin.

  • Reapply the sunscreen as needed when outdoors, approximately every two hours or after being in water or perspiring.

  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that shield eyes from both UVA and UVB rays.


National Rosacea Society


Rosacea Awareness Program

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People with rosacea often find that a sunscreen is well-tolerated when it offers UVA and UVB protection and contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. A sunscreen that contains silicone also can help protect the skin and minimize stinging and redness. On the list of ingredients, silicone may be called dimethicone or cyclomethicone.



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