Rosacea: An Introduction

Rosacea Sunscreens

Daily sunscreen use is essential for all rosacea patients and is probably one of the most important aspects of both short and long-term care.

Exposure to UV is a primary rosacea trigger responsible for many rosacea symptoms.

Sunscreens used in rosacea must provide protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Choose a sunscreen which provides the maximum protection against both these categories of ultraviolet ray.

Among the most beneficial and well-tolerated (unlikely to cause irritation) ingredients include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

The presence of protective silicones such as dimethicone or cyclomethicone in rosacea sunscreens is also thought to be beneficial.

For an in-depth discussion of sunscreen use in rosacea, see the Rosacea Treatment Clinic's regularly updated section "Rosacea Sunscreens" including "General Recommendations for Sun Protection in Rosacea Patients", "Flawed Sunscreen Use and Lost "Anti-Aging" Effects " and the 1999 article "Sunscreens Protect Against No. 1 Rosacea Trigger" available at the National Rosacea Society's website.

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