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.  However, it is important to remember also that trying to stay out of the direct sunlight during daytime hours (between 10 am and 3 pm) is also useful.

If you going to be outside for more than a few minutes you should use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 that blocks both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.  Sunscreen should be applied thoroughly, especially to your neck, temples, and ears -- areas that are often affected by lupus skin problems.

Medically reviewed on August 08, 2013

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