What is Rosacea and do I need sunscreen?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, flushing, and inflammation on the face. It is often triggered by certain factors, such as sun exposure, stress, and certain foods.
Sun exposure can be especially problematic for people with rosacea because the UV rays can worsen redness and inflammation. In addition, people with rosacea are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer, so it is important to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Sunscreen can help protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun and reduce the risk of skin cancer. It can also help to prevent rosacea flare-ups by blocking the UV rays that can trigger redness and inflammation.
How to choose the best sunscreen for people with rosacea
When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to consider the following factors:
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF): The SPF rating of a sunscreen indicates how much UVB radiation is blocked by the sunscreen. A higher SPF rating provides more protection. For people with rosacea, it is recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 which protects from 96.7% of the UV rays. An SPF 50 protects from 98%.
- Broad-spectrum protection: Sunscreen should provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can penetrate the skin more deeply and are responsible for aging, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburn. Look for a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection, which means they require one of the three UVA ingredients: Avobenzone, Zinc Oxide, and/or Titanium Dioxide.
- Non-comedogenic: Some sunscreens can clog pores and cause acne. If you are prone to acne, look for a sunscreen that is non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog pores.
- Fragrance-free: People with rosacea may have sensitive skin, so it is important to choose a sunscreen that is fragrance-free to avoid irritation.
Sunscreen can help protect the skin and reduce the risk of flare-ups and skin cancer.
BU sunscreen sprays are easy to apply to the skin, are safe and effective. They offer broad spectrum protection and come in SPF 30 and SPF 50. Are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, water and sweat resistant (80 mins) and available in Fragrance Free and offer natural essences for those who like a light scent of sage or citrus.
Everyone is different, as there are different degrees of rosacea, but BU has received accolades from people with rosacea who have had great success using the sunscreens. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think? Stay safe and keep protected!