Sunscreens are an important part of skin care for those with rosacea. Not only are the sun’s rays a very common trigger for rosacea flare-ups, but ultraviolet rays (UV) can damage the skin resulting in sunburns and over time, wrinkles, uneven colour and even skin cancer. Use sunscreens regularly to help protect the skin from the sun’s rays and limit flare-ups.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for products that are:
• SPF 30 or higher with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection
• Non-oily, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and labelled for ‘sensitive skin’.
If you have very sensitive, reactive skin, look for non-chemical, physical sunscreens containing micronized zinc or titanium oxide as these are less irritating to the skin. These sunscreens work by reflecting sunlight and are not absorbed into the skin.
*Don’t forget other ways to protect yourself from the sun such as avoiding the sun during peak hours, seeking shade and wearing hats and sun protective clothing.
**Before applying any new products to your face, rub a small amount on your inner forearm, neck or just in front of the ears and check for a reaction up to a day later.