Avoid Sun Exposure As A Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea patients should avoid the sun as much as possible.
One of the best rosacea treatments is avoiding the sun. The sun has been identified as a rosacea trigger in 61% of people affected by the symptoms of rosacea. The sun affects the skin by acting as an astringent to tighten, dry, and clog pores which can make rosacea redness worse. The sun is effective in destroying bacteria on the skin. Avoid extremely cold weather as well, so as not to freeze and clog pores. Temperature ranges of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit are recommended to minimize facial flushing. Applying moisturizers containing sunscreen provide year-round benefits which you can learn more about on our web page entitled: Sun Cancer, Sun Rays & Sun Screens.
The sun causes skin cancer and irritates rosacea even when you use sunblock with a SPF of 45. Your skin will look better if you avoid sunburning and tanning, and the resulting wrinkling. And you guessed it, ultra violent rays from the sun, from tanning lamps, or various laser lights are all acidic.
If you desire a sun-kissed tan consider some of the many options in artificial tans, but if you do decide to sunbathe, shield or cover your face completely. Consider wearing a hat to shade the face anytime you are outside for more than 10 minutes, this will help reduce your sun-induced rosacea flushing but help minimize the risk of skin cancer of the face.
Nonetheless, a small amount of sunshine is good for us and only sunlight as it produces vitamin D. In the presence of full-spectrum light, human skin actually makes vitamin D, a vitamin necessary for maintaining strong bones and regulating calcium and phosphorus in the body. But humans do not need much sunshine to make enough vitamin D. Most people receive adequate exposure in the course of daily errands.
From this one can easily speculate that photodamage is obviously harmful; and likewise any light, photo or laser of any type has not been helpful in the treatment of rosacea. You can imagine that Harvard, SUNY (State University of New York), San Francisco General, Duke University, or any other well known hospital could afford and would very quickly purchase a photo light laser for the treatment of rosacea if the University or Hospital learned that it was good for the rosacea patient in providing a sensible long lasting rosacea treatment plan and if it did not have adverse side effects of further photodamaging the skin and with possible burning or scarring. And obviously a rosacea patient would very quickly pay if the rosacea sufferer had confidence in their best University Hospital or Medical center decision to purchase new equipment. And likewise would have confidence in the best Universities of the United States and of the world in not purchasing the equipment because of the potential of poor results and long term skin damage.
An unexpected result of many prescription medications is sun sensitivity. Sun exposure while on medications such as antibiotics, diabetes medications, Blood pressure medications, birth control pills, and pain medications both prescription and to a slightly lesser degree, the weaker strength over the counter versions can all increase the absorption of UV rays resulting in severe sun burn, flushing and skin irritation. When you are taking medications, its advisable to check and follow all warnings and precautions on the label.