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Is sunscreen important if I have erythematotelangiectatic rosacea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Choosing the right sunscreen and using it daily are two of the best things you can do to manage erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.

Doctors tell their patients to look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It should contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and be free of fragrances, alcohol, and other unnecessary chemicals. Looking for one that is geared toward people with sensitive skin should help cut down on irritants. Some experts suggest trying a sunscreen with silicone (also listed as dimethicone or cyclomethicone on the label) to help moisturize skin and minimize stinging.

In addition to daily use of sunscreen, staying out of the sun during its most intense hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and applying sunscreen 30 minutes before any prolonged exposure will help keep your skin protected. Reapply every two hours and after swimming.

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