HOW TO TAKE CARE OF ECZEMA AND ROSACEA WHEN IN THE SUN
Let’s be honest, we all love a warm summer’s day and we’re counting down the minutes to when we can get back to swimming in nice salty water, bathing in the sun and sipping on our favourite glass of vino. But for some, this dream is complicated, especially for those of you who suffer from a skin condition like eczema or rosacea.
So how can you still enjoy time in the sun when you have an easily irritated skin condition?
1. Know what triggers your Rosacea or Eczema.
The exact cause of Rosacea and Eczema is still unknown and to date, there is no cure for either skin condition. Triggers differ from person to person, so if you’re not yet sure of what causes your skin’s eczema or rosacea, we recommend starting a two-week diary. Write down what’s changing from day to day (and how your skin reacts) based on your surroundings.
Both conditions can be triggered by many different factors including foods, alcohol, physical exertion, stress and weather conditions. Understanding what triggers your skin is the first step in finding a product that will work for you.
2. Patch test your sunscreen before application.
Skincare products that contain preservatives or synthetic fragrances often cause allergic skin reactions. There are a number of ingredients in sunscreen that can cause your skin to sting, burn or itch and trigger your rosacea or eczema. These reactions can be caused by a variety of ingredients including UV filters (mineral & chemical), preservatives, fragrances or common cosmetic natural ingredients like vitamin e, aloe vera and beeswax.
So, we recommend using preservative and fragrance-free skincare products. However, it is extremely important you always do a patch test before applying your sunscreen (or any skin related products) especially when it comes to your face.
We also highly recommended you try and avoid the middle of the day sun, when the temperature is at its highest. Morning and afternoon sun is definitely more friendly.
3. Look after your skin in the sun (during a flare-up).
“It is really important that Rosacea & Eczema sufferers wear sunscreen during a flare-up!” Dr Scott Mc Gregor.
The dryer your skin, the itchier and more inflamed it will become. If you find yourself exposed to the sun during a flare-up, wearing sunscreen is a must as leaving the skin bare may cause further symptoms, drying and discomfort. We recommend using a good moisture-based, broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB), with a SPF rating of at least 30+. Our Sensitive Sunscreen is designed to be gentle for those with delicate skin. It’s also a good idea to try to rinse off with fresh water after swimming in the ocean, this can help to cool your skin and stop any further aggravation potentially caused by the salty water.
And of course, we also suggest you invest in a nice comfortable wide brim hat and protective clothing (as the saying goes…slip, slop, slap).