Protect yourself
from the sun

I’ve been told to protect my skin from the sun. Why?

Certain treatments increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. You are therefore more prone to sunburn and burning sensations. Even mild sun exposure can lead to dark spots that persist over time.

To avoid the sun, I’ve started going out early in the morning with a hat and shawl just in case, and I wear sunscreen. I even take care when I’m in the car. Without eyelashes, my eyes are more sensitive, so I wear sunglasses all the time.

Our advice


  • Whenever possible, avoid exposing your skin, even when the UV index is low, and seek shade when you are outdoors.
  • Make sure you always wear clothes that cover your skin, together with a hat and sunglasses.
  • Apply sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF 50+) that is water-resistant and perspiration-resistant, hypoallergenic and fragrance free.
  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, including the neck and back of the hands, 20 minutes before sun exposure. It must be reapplied every 2 hours, or more often in the case swimming or sweating and immediately after towel drying.


  • UV rays cause sunburn and lead to premature damage of the different skin layers.
  • The effect of UV rays on certain molecules present in the skin can cause photosensitisation.
  • Glass surfaces, such as your car windows, do not totally block UV rays.
  • In broader terms, patients undergoing chemotherapy or targeted therapy run a significantly higher risk of developing residual pigmentation after exposure to light.
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