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Summer Q & A: Rosacea in summer

Summer may be a time to exercise caution for people with rosacea, taking a little extra care will pay off in the long run.

**I have rosacea and am going away on holiday. What kind of precautions can I take if sunbathing?


Rosacea is a skin condition characterised by redness and often blemishes. Although it affects both sexes, rosacea is three times more common in women.

People with rosacea are often sensitive to the sun, so you need to exercise caution if you’ve had problems in the past or if this is your first time being exposed in the climate.

Take particular care with your face, as this is where skin is most sensitive. Keep shaded by wearing a hat and avoiding direct sunshine. If you’re staying in New Zealand, try to avoid direct exposure between the hours of 11am to 4pm, as this is when the sun’s rays are most fierce.

You should also use a high factor (SPF 30 or more) sunblock with UVA and UVB protection — but test this on your face before you travel as people with rosacea often have poor tolerance of skin creams. There are sunscreens formulated for sensitive skin, so this may be a better option for you.

Avoid becoming excessively hot as this is likely to aggravate your skin. Carry plenty of water and a cooling facial mist with your throughout the day.

Rosacea is more often an everyday annoyance than a harmful condition – taking a little extra care whilst on holiday will ensure your skin is at its best!

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