Living well with lupus

How can I protect myself against ultraviolet sunlight?

There are many ways of minimizing your exposure to the sun, including broad spectrum sunscreen and sun protective clothing. It is important to remember to stay out of direct sunlight during daytime hours (between 10 am and 4 pm). If you are going to be outside for more than a few minutes, you should wear a hat and use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Any sunblock you choose should block ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Sunscreen should be applied thoroughly, especially to your neck, temples, and ears, as these areas are often affected by lupus related skin problems.

Medically reviewed on August 08, 2013

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