UPF Clothes Can Prevent Sun Rash (Solar Dermetitis)

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Avoiding Sun Rash With UV Clothes

Sun Rash Example Sun poisoningFor most of us, going out to the sun is fun and pleasurable, but for some, exposing the skin to sunlight can cause a skin reaction called Solar Dermatitis, also known as sun rash.

Sun rash can be seen on skin as wide spread of red itchy areas. The skin reacts with the sun light and UV light as if they are poisonous. This sun allergy (sun poisoning) is similar to any other allergy, there is a clear visible reaction and rash on the skin.

It is common on people with fair tone skin, and children, which have a delicate skin in the first place. Sun rash can erupt also for people with red hair.

How To Reduce Sun Rash Eruptions

As simple as it may sound, people are not aware that avoiding the sun should be their primary goal. It is smart to reduce the amount of sun light and UV exposure for anyone, but for those who tend to develop sun rash it is a must.

Avoiding the sun requires three strategies:

  • Planning
  • Appling creams
  • Wearing UV clothes

Planning means that outdoor activities can be planned in advance to reduce the amount of UV light the skin has to be exposed to. Plan the hours of the day to play outside, at  sunny days stay indoors. Plan where to park the car (in the shade) and where to walk (in the shade), when to apply SPF creams (30 minutes before leaving the house). These simple sun avoiding tactics can reduce the overall sun exposure and postpone the eruption of the sun rash side effects.

Applying broad spectrum sun block creams – The skin reacts to two different UV radiation wavelengths, UVB the short rays (290-320 nanometer) and the longer UVA rays which are 320-400 nm. The shorter rays are nasty tanning rays, and they cause the skin burns and most of the sun rash conditions. UVA have long term side effects on the skin too, but are second to the UVB for triggering sun rash.

Apply the sunblock creams 30 minutes before exposing to the sun, so the active ingredients can fully absorb into the skin, and reapply every hour. Note that the FDA recommends to apply generously(!) for the creams to filter UV as required.

Covering the skin with UPF protective clothes – UPF is the ratings for UV protection similar to the SPF of creams. UPF clothing are far more effective reducing UV exposure than creams and lotions. Clothes cover all the skin and reduce UV by 98%. Clothes are more convenient solution for children and babies compared to SPF creams because once you wear a shirt or pants, that’s it you are protected all day,without the need to reapply every hour.

Boys Reversible Microfiber Sun Hat Bucket Turtle Camo, Upf50+To protect the facial skin there are UPF hats, which filter UV off the face these can help reduce sun exposure and itching rash from cheeks, nose and neck.

UPF Clothing For Sun Rash Protection

Many people buy UPF clothing to reduce UV radiation on the skin, mainly because they are trying to reduce the risks of skin cancer. Most of the people do not have sun rash (sun poisoning) to deal with on a daily basis.

UV protection clothes are comfortable and have casual designs so you can wear them anywhere and anytime. Make sure you buy those with long sleeves, as they cover more skin, some have a raised collar to protect the back of the neck.

UPF T shirts can be worn under school clothes or under your regular clothes so once you have 3-4 long sleeve protective shirts there is no need to buy the expensive polo/golf shirts which cost more.

For highest UV protection level look for the UPF 50 ratings, the 50 and 50+ are the highest protection rating possible for fabrics. UPF 30-40 serve good protection too, it is worth to skip the low UPF ratings 15-25.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Long Sleeve T-shirt – Sun Protective

Sun Rash protective clothing

  • Sun Protective ZnO SUNTECT Cotton
  • Pull On closure
  • Rated UPF 50+
  • Unique cotton, spandex blend
  • Super soft against the skin, lightweight, cool and comfortable
  • Zinc oxide particles offer excellent permanent UVA and UVB protection
  • Antimicrobial properties help keep you odor free

Coolibar UPF 50+ Long Sleeve T-shirt – Sun Protective


Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Long Sleeve UV Protection T-Shirt

Sun Rash Protection Shirt

  • Sun Protective ZnO SUNTECT Cotton/Spandex blend
  • Pull On closure
  • Rated UPF 50+
  • Flattering feminine cut, 24″ body length (size medium)
  • Lightweight, breathable, and super soft against the skin
  • Highly breathable, cotton/spandex blend
  • Easy care: machine wash and dry

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Long Sleeve T-Shirt

I prefer Coolibar it’s one of the best brands, I bought my dad 3-4 of these. Coolibar and Columbia UV clothing can be both found of Amazon.com, with the free shipping and everything..

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