Well protected on the sunny side

The following tips will help you through the summer.

Protect your skin

On a sunny day it is best to look for shade, avoid the midday sun (11 am to 3 pm) and use creams with a high sun protection factor (from SPF 30). If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use lotions that are free of harmful substances. A selection has been awarded the Allergy Seal of Quality.

 

Myth of sun allergy

Red, itchy skin, pustules or wheals – are all symptoms commonly referred to as sun allergy. But only rarely is it really an allergy in the sense of an excessive immune reaction. Usually it is a polymorphic light dermatosis or Mallorca acne. It helps to cool the affected skin and to avoid the sun.

Is prevention possible?

The skin reactions of polymorphic light dermatosis are caused by unusually high selectionUVA and/or UVB radiation. This is why parts of the body that have not been previously exposed to the sun for a long time are particularly affected. It makes sense to acclimatize your skin to the sun slowly and to increase the duration of sun exposure gradually. One of the most common triggers of Mallorca acne is the ingredients of sunscreens or cosmetic products that react with UV radiation. Prevention can be achieved by using grease, perfume and emulsifier-free sun protection products with high UV protection.

More tips

  • apply a physical sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) in the UVA and UVB range of at least 30 or above before leaving the house. Also protect the lips with a specifically designed product.
  • avoid long and direct exposure to the sun. It is advisable to stay in the shade. Do not forget: snow, sand and water reflect the sun’s rays.
  • allow the skin to slowly become accustomed to UV radiation in the spring and summer months. Increase exposure to the sun only gradually.
  • avoid the midday sun completely from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • ideally wear light clothing made from natural fibres such as cotton or linen. There is also clothing with special UV protection.
  • protect the head with a sunhat with a sufficiently wide brim. Baseball caps are not ideal, as shown in several studies.
  • wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Avoid using any perfume, scented aftershave or lotions with a high fat content before sunbathing.
  • if taking any medication over a prolonged period: ask the doctor about possible interactions, check the package leaflet or ask at the pharmacy.

Additional information can be found on the website of aha! Swiss Allergy Centre.

 

 


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