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How should I apply sunscreen if I have lupus photosensitivity?

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Apply sunscreen liberally: It takes at least 1 ounce of sunscreen to cover your entire body. Remember to reapply at least every 2 hours. Sweat, water, contact, and clothing can all rub off the sunscreen you've applied. People often forget to apply sunscreen to their necks, backs, and ears, all of which are commonly affected by photosensitivity related to lupus.

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology, “1997 Update of 1982 American College of Rheumatology Revised Criteria for Classification of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus.”

Arthritis Foundation. “Lupus.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sunburn.”

American Melanoma Foundation. “Facts About Sunscreen.”

FDA.

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreen FAQs."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology, “1997 Update of 1982 American College of Rheumatology Revised Criteria for Classification of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus.”

Arthritis Foundation. “Lupus.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sunburn.”

American Melanoma Foundation. “Facts About Sunscreen.”

FDA.

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreen FAQs."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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