Suncare for Rosacea Sufferers

Suncare for Rosacea Sufferers

Sun exposure is the most common trigger for most people suffering from Rosacea, so great suncare is all the more important. To ensure that your skin stays protected and healthy, I have put together my top tips and best products to get the most out of your sun care.

Why Does Rosacea Need Special Suncare?

As well as stimulating flare-ups, sun exposure has also been linked to potentially causing damage to blood vessels. This can lead to a long-term worsening of Rosacea symptoms.

If this wasn’t enough, people suffering from Rosacea tend to have very sensitive skin which can be easily irritated, this then causes blemishes, discomfort and reactions. It can be very difficult to find a sunscreen that will not only protect the skin but also not irritate the skin further, however these are some of the products I recommend:

5 Essential Tips For Rosacea Sufferers

  1. Avoid Peak Sunshine

    If you can, try to avoid spending to much time out in the sun during the hours where it is the strongest. The sun’s rays are the most direct and powerful between the hours of 10am and 4pm. This is when damage is much more likely to be caused.

    For further protection follow the basic rules: apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in to the sun and make sure to reapply every 2 hours when in sun. It is also important to reapply after swimming.

  2. Stay in the Shade

    When out during the daytime, it is advised to to find shaded areas to protect your skin from direct exposure. Trees, umbrellas and hats can also be used to limit how much sunlight comes into contact with your skin.

    It is important to remember that sunlight can also be reflected and therefore you need to be careful of mirrors as well as sand and water, where sun glare can still burn the skin.

  3. Look for Full Spectrum Protection

    Make sure to use a sunscreen which provides sufficient protection against UVA and UVB.

    A lot of products on market are based on the SPF or sun protection factor which only protects you against UVB rays. These products can prevent burning but it is the UVA rays which are responsible for ageing and contribute to skin cancers. Protection against both them them is vital. Use at least a Factor 15 and always select products which state they protect against both UVA and UVB.

    UVA rays can also penetrate through glass and therefore can cause damage through car and windows. As UVA rays are present throughout the year I would recommend using a full spectrum sunscreen daily.

  4. Try Physical Sunscreens

    Physical sunscreens block or reflect the sun’s rays whilst chemical sunscreens usually absorb the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens are now quite common in beauty products due to their liquid consistency; they are also colourless and odorless, which makes them easier to incorporate.

    Chemical sunscreens can be more irritating especially for sensitive skins. Old-school sunblocks can often work much better. Look for sunscreens containing Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Dioxide instead.

  5. Minimise Irritation

    If you have really sensitive skin then look out for ingredients that can help to protect from irritation, like Dimethicone and Dyclomethicone. Avoid others like Padimate O, which are known to cause irritation.

    Many people with sensitive skin are advised to use Paediatric formulas, like children’s sunscreen. These tend to contain fewer ingredients therefore reducing the likelihood of irritation. Using a sunscreen that is multi-purpose can also help to reduce irritation; a moisturiser combined with sunscreen can be a great way to incorporate protection into your daily routine.

Don’t forget to read my other Rosacea advice posts. If you have any further questions about Rosacea or are worried about your skin concerns and would like further information then email me at



Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal