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General Recommendations for Sun Protection in Rosacea Patients

Daily sunscreen use irrespective of outdoor temperature, season or cloud coverage is the single most effective skin care therapy for most patients.

  • Avoid the sun (between 10 am - 3pm).
  • Use sunscreen (UVA/UVB - SPF 15 or higher) on a daily basis.
  • Wear a hat with a 3 inch brim (protects neck, ears, eyes and scalp).
  • Wear sunglasses (protects eyes).
  • Cover up (sun protective clothing, long sleeved shirts, pants). Avoid artificial tanning (tanning beds, sun lamps).
  • Check skin regularly (dry, scaly, reddish, and slightly raised lesions).
  • If you are taking medications, your doctor or pharmacist should be consulted to see if the medications will sensitize the skin to the sun and aggravate sunburn or rashes.
    • Common drugs which may do this are certain antibiotics, birth control pills, diuretics, antihistamines and antidepressants.

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Friday, 19 July 2013.

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