True or False: It can be especially important for people with lupus to protect from the sun.

True! Because many people with lupus are sensitive to sunlight (called photosensitivity), skin rashes often first develop or worsen after being out in the sun.  Some people find that the appearance of the malar butterfly rash is a sign of an oncoming disease flare.

Trying to limit outdoor activities when UV rays are at their peak (between 10:00am and 2:00pm), wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen, and protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats can help limit your skin's exposure to direct sunlight.

How do you protect yourself from the sun?


  • CryssJayneCryssJayne Member New Member
    I protect myself from the sun by mainly using sunscreen. Usually SPF 30 or higher. Banana Boat is a really good brand for sunscreen. If you're a makeup wearer and is looking for a good affordable sunscreen then I highly suggest Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless sunscreen. It has an SPF 30 and the finish is more on the matte side so it won't get in the way of any makeup you might put on your face. The sunscreen I've personally been using recently is one from a shop I found on Etsy. The shop is called EmpireSquid and the one I use is called 'Light sunscreen for oily skin'. This is basically a natural alternative to the sunscreen you would find in store. It doesn't have a set SPF but it doesn't seem to cause me any troubles when I'm out in the sun. With any natural product, I recommend doing your research to gain more insight on the product before purchasing.

    Some other precautions I take to protect my skin from the sun is wearing long sleeved shirts/tops. Which isn't a problem in the colder months. When the weather get a bit hotter I usually go with 3/4 sleeved blouses or short sleeved shirts (but always remember the sunscreen). I sometimes wear hats as well.
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