Protecting yourself from sun exposure is an essential part of lupus management. Photosensitivity can trigger symptoms that range from skin rashes to serious internal organ damage.
While excess sun exposure can cause flares in systemic lupus, the most common form of the condition, living with lupus should not mean depriving yourself of the outdoors.
Wearing sunscreen is an important part of protecting yourself from the damaging effects of the sun, but it doesn’t offer complete protection from UV light. When the sun is strong, spend time in the shade, cover up with clothing and use SPF30+ sunscreen to protect the parts you can’t cover.