What is a sun allergy or benign summer polymorphous light eruption?
The summer days are here, and the sun is out. Unfortunately, redness and itching may appear on your low-necked or arms with the first rays of sunshine. This may be benign summer polymorphous light eruption, one of the most common sun allergies.
Once triggered, summer polymorphous light eruption is a phenomenon that can last for several days. To avoid spoiling your holidays, know how to identify it in order to prevent it and relieve its effects. .
Summer polymorphous light eruption is mainly UVA-related, the inflammation originated causes localized redness with small pimples accompanied by an itching feeling. Polymorphous light eruption is triggered at 25 to 35 years of age and mostly in lighter phototypes.
The first allergy is usually mild, but the phenomenon may worsen if it is not addressed.
How to prevent polymorphous light eruption
The best way to prevent polymorphous light eruption is to properly prepare your skin for the sun.
- 1/ Sun protection is mandatory, ideally use an SPF 50;
- 2/ If you want sun exposure, it must be done gradually. Start with 10 minutes, then increase gradually—Did you know that? UVA goes through windshields and windows, so do not think you are safe in the car or at the office.
- 3/ You can also choose antioxidant- and carotene-rich foods (carrots, apricots, tomatoes…);
- 4/ Choose to complete sun creams with our GliSODin formulas.
- 5/ An open-label clinical study1 on GliSODin efficacy was conducted on 120 women and 30 men with sun-sensitive skin. In addition to regular sun cream applications, each subject took 2 capsules of GliSODin every day:
• 88% felt that their quality of life had improved;
• 73% reported that their skin was better prepared for the sun and witnessed no sun allergy (benign summer polymorphous light eruption).
What to do in case of summer polymorphous light eruption
Stop all sun exposure. . Rinse with soap-free shower gel. To soothe the skin, spray a little cellular water or soothing mist. Ideally, always have a first aid kit handy containing cortisone-based cream and antihistamines (prescribed by a doctor). If these are not available, at the very least apply soothing and moisturizing after-sun care.
Be aware that summer polymorphous light eruption develops more easily when exposure to the sun is too sudden.
People who experience polymorphous light eruption episodes that are painful, invasive and even physically and psychologically disabling must see a dermatologist. 1Open-label study funded by ISOCELL Nutra, France, and conducted on 150 patients by dermatologists in France.