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It isn’t possible to prevent cutaneous (skin) lupus. You may be able to prevent rashes from flaring up by avoiding the sun and limiting your indoor exposure to fluorescent light. To lower your risk of developing lupus skin rashes, you should:

  • Avoid being outdoors in the sun when it’s strongest (between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
  • Protect your skin with sunscreen that has both UVB and UVA protection (broad spectrum protection). Choose clothing that offers complete coverage.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim.

Certain medications can make you even more sensitive to light. Tell your provider about any medications you take so you can ensure that you’re protected from the sun. If you smoke, talk to your provider about a plan to help you quit.