Is sunlight good for vitiligo?
You may find yourself wondering if you should even venture out into the sun with this skin condition. The answer is layered. Sunlight can be good for vitiligo, but you must be sufficiently protected at all times.
This means that you need to follow the Skin Cancer Foundation’s guidelines and wear UV protective clothing, hats and sunglasses, and seek shade when possible.
On top of those things, however, you must always be sure to protect your vitiligo with a broad spectrum sunscreen.
Protect your skin. If you have vitiligo, particularly if you have fair skin, use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from sunburn and long-term damage. Sunscreen also minimizes tanning, which makes the contrast between normal and depigmented skin less noticeable.
The most important thing for you to remember about sunscreen for any purpose, is that you want it to provide broad spectrum protection.
This means that you will receive balanced protection against both UVA and UVB rays, which is important because each type works differently.
Exposure to both types of rays increases your risk of skin cancer, which is why you want to be properly protected at all times.
While you will expose your skin to the sun with vitiligo, you need to make sure that you do not burn. Broad spectrum protection will help you with that.
Finding a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection will be relatively easy for you, as they are plentiful and available everywhere.
To recognize whether a sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection or not check the label and the ingredients list.
The label may have words such as ‘broad spectrum’ or ‘UVA/B’, indicating sufficient protection.
You can also take a look at the ingredients list and search for zinc oxide and/or titanium. Sunscreens with zinc oxide protect against the full range of UVA/B rays and are always excellent choices.