As some types are hereditary, it’s not always possible to protect yourself from sun allergies without excessive precaution. If you’re unsure which type you have, or how best to lessen your chances of having a reaction, it’s best to speak to your doctor so they can run some tests. Some of the things you can do to help protect your skin from exposure to sunlight include:
- Always be sure to apply a sunscreen at least SPF factor 30 or above before going outside - bonus points if it includes broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays too, such as the NIVEA Sun Sensitive Allergy Protect SPF50+ Spray
- Keep the skin covered with clothing wherever possible. This can be difficult in the summer, but try lighter weight materials such as cotton and linen to ensure you’re still comfortable when the temperature gets hot.
- Limit your time spent outside when the sun at at its strongest - this will vary from country to country, so it’s best to research your local area.
- Be aware of any medications you may be taking that can trigger a photoallergic reaction.