Rosacea and the Charlotte sun

rosacea - Charlotte, NCRosacea patients should be especially vigilant as the summer season approaches. Exposure to the sun’s rays was named a top trigger for rosacea flare-ups by 81 percent of patients in a Rosacea Society survey. UV rays and heat are also linked to the visible blood vessels and severe redness often associated with the disorder. Ultraviolet rays activate the free radicals on the skin, which in turn, triggers Rosacea.

Constant exposure to the sun rays makes your skin become drier and tighter. Ultraviolet rays also cause clogged pores, as it causes a reaction between sebum oils and dead skin cells. This make it crucial to use a sunscreen to prevent the harmful effect of the sun and heat on the skin. However, choosing the best sunscreen for Rosacea patients is not easy.

Finding the right formula

There are two types of ultraviolet rays:

  1. UVA rays that causes skin to age
  2. UVB rays that cause sunburn

You may be surprised to learn that not all sunscreens protect against both types of rays. Rosacea patients should be using non-chemical sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium dioxide. This type of sunscreen delivers UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 15 or higher. It is possible to obtain a formula designed for sensitive skin, that is a mineral-based formulation that can help reduce the possibility of irritation.

Multi-function sunscreens

Be sure to wear sunscreen every day, and apply sunscreen year-round, whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Over time, even incidental exposure can be as damaging to rosacea skin as a day at the beach. Some brands or types of sunscreen are convenient, multi-function products that contain a green or flesh tint, so you can protect your skin from the sun while minimizing visible redness. They can also be used as a makeup foundation.

For intense sun exposure

Spending a day outdoors at the beach, or by the pool? Apply enough sunscreen (about a shot glass full) to cover the entire body. Be sure to apply it 30 minutes before going outside. This will give it time to absorb into the skin. Re-apply it at least every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Even when using sunscreen, everyone should limit their sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the time of day when the sun’s rays are strongest. Other factors that can increase the effect of ultraviolet rays are:

  1. high altitude
  2. snow
  3. water
  4. eyeglasses

Rosacea management and treatment in Charlotte, NC

If you are seeking solutions for problems acne breakouts, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.

Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to chemical peels, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They are equipped for treatment of both adult and pediatric patients. Call Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte today for a complementary consultation to determine your acne treatment needs.


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