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Not sure if this is the right place to put this

From SLE Foundation:

I thought this would be helpful:

Protect yourself from a lupus flare!
  • Apply broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protective sunscreen every day of the year. Choose a product with a Sun Protection Factor of 30 or higher and which contains avobenzone (Parasol 1789), titanium dioxide, and/or zinc oxide, as these provide the broadest protection against both UVA and UVB. A newer ingredient, mexoryl, is available in some sunscreens and is very effective against UVA. Slather on before makeup, and no less than 10 minutes before going outside.
  • Limit unnecessary outdoor activities—especially when the sun tends to be at its most intense between 10 AM and 3 PM—and invest in special sun-protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats.
  • To minimize exposure to UVA rays, place plastic over window glass and encase halogen lights and fluorescent bulbs in plastic casings. Use a polarizing guard over your computer screen. Flat screens, such as on laptops, do not require this precaution.
  • Check about the added risk for photosensitivity when taking certain medicines such as diuretics, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and birth control pills.
Andrew G. Franks, Jr., M.D., FACP
Summer 2008

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Yep Paula, very useful as I think it just about sums it up :)

Thanks for this Paula ! It's very handy to have this excellent uptodate summing up.
And from the brilliant Dr Franks who was my doctor when I was in NYC and transformed my life, to whom I am for ever grateful. My Lupus Hero !
In Europe the UVA has star ratings, 1-5 - look for the highest of both.
I think it is La Roche-Posay Anthelios that has the Mexoryl in.
It isn't on the UK prescription sunscreen list but the Aussie Sunsense is and also E45. Pharmacists can give the full list.

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