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Allergic to the Sun ?

You think you are allergic to the sun? Yes it's totally possible, and you are not alone

A sun allergy (also called sun poisoning, sun rash and photo-dermatitis) is a reaction to sunlight, most often characterized as an itchy skin rash. A sun allergy is not a sunburn but might feel like it.  The body activates its immune defences against sun-altered skin. This produces an allergic reaction that takes the form of a skin rash or tiny blisters. It is very uncomfortable and can ruin your holiday or Summer!

    The Most Common Sun Allergy : Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) 

    PMLE is the most common sun allergy and by far, affecting 10% of North Americans. If you have sun allergy symptoms, PMLE is the first probable diagnosis. Real causes are still unknown.

    PMLE main symptoms include:

    • itchy or burning rash typically occurring within 2 to 24 hours after sun exposure.
    • The rash usually appears on sun-exposed portions of the neck, upper chest, arms and lower legs. It could be all over for very sensitive person.
    • may be accompanied by chills, headache and nausea.
    • through repeated sun exposure, the person may become less sensitive to sunlight and the PMLE rash may disappear completely or gradually become less severe. Although the effects of this desensitization process, also called "hardening," usually lasts through the end of summer, the PMLE rash often returns at full intensity the following spring.
    • a PMLE rash usually disappears within two to three days if further sun exposure is avoided. It could last more than fifteen days it skin is still sun exposed. 

    An inherited form of PMLE occurs in people of Native American background. Symptoms are usually more severe than classic PMLE and are concentrated on the face, especially around the lips. Several generations of the same family may suffer from this type of allergy.



    Natural Preventive PMLE Treatment: Shirudo AGR+E

    If you want to avoid medication, Shirudo AGR+E is a fully natural moisturizing lotion that uses the benefits of alpha-glucosylrutin and vitamin E to protect skin against oxidative elements. 

    If you have symptoms of PMLE, you may be able to diagnose the problem yourself. Rash occurs only on sun-exposed skin during early spring (or a winter vacation in the Caribbean, for example) then gradually becomes less severe (or disappear) within the following few days or weeks. In most cases, your doctor can confirm that you have PMLE based on your symptoms, story and family history.   


    Shirudo AGR+E lotion

    Shirudo AGR+E is the only natural AGR lotion, more than 99% natural.  
    It is suitable for sensitive skin, ultra-light and quickly absorbs.  Fragrance free. Keep using your favorite sunscreen.

    AGR+E Body Lotion

    The original AGR+E light formulation. Use every 2 hours of sun exposure, massage well and apply sunscreen on top. Available in 100ml ($24) and 250ml ($46) tubes. 

    Learn more    All Shirudo Products



    This is the best thing I've used. My PMLE has progressively got worse for the past 10 years, to the point of steroids being taken. I even broke out during December! This definitely works! Thank you for making this, don't ever stop. »

    - Esther, USA 

    « Your product is so effective

    I have to thank you sincerely for your wonderful antioxidant lotion!!  For years I suffered with PLE and could not enjoy the outdoors, much less a vacation in a sunny destination.  Because your product is so effective, I no longer have a problem!  Thank you, Thank You! »

    - Marie, Mont Sinai NY - USA


    « I truly believe this lotion will finally be able to provide hope and help to PMLE sufferers who don't want to avoid the sun completely!

    I began experiencing PMLE , or sun allergy, symptoms of varying degrees as a young teen. For years I've searched for products that could lessen or completely prevent the terrible itching and bumps that would appear every time I vacationed at the beach or spent a lot of time in the sun. I received this lotion in late July... just before leaving for a California beach vacation. I used the lotion as recommended: Before sun exposure and then reapplying every 2 hours while in the sun. I used SPF 4, 8, and 15 (so nothing above 15) while in the sun, over top of the Shirudo lotion. I did not develop ANY PMLE symptoms while on my vacation and came back with an amazing tan! » 

    - Lindsey, Kentucky


    «it's not often a product does what you use it for!

    I used your agr+e lotion for the first time this year for my vacation in Aruba, I developed polymorphous about 5 years ago and we go to Aruba every year, I read a blog about it and so i bought a bottle....i was willing to try anything to prevent this horrible rash with i get on my chest and upper arms. Your lotion was magnicifient! It prevented it about 90% of what I usually get and with continued use it went away after 1 day... I couldn't believe it, so just wanted to say... thank you thank you thank you! I will always use it for this reason and I will certainly tell anyone I know with the same problem. » 

    - Luann , Clinton NY - USA

    « It changed my vacation and will change the rest of my life.

    I just wanted to let you know how well your Antioxidant Moisturizing Body Lotion worked for me. I have been suffering from PMLE for years - the first time I had a reaction I was 17 and I have had a bad reaction to the sun every time I've gone south since. Before going on my vacation to Hawaii, I decided that enough was enough and I was going to do something about this so I could enjoy my time on the beach and outside when on vacation. I came across your product and saw the reviews it got so I decided to give it a try. I was in Hawaii for three and a half weeks and had no PMLE symptoms the entire time. It changed my vacation and will change the rest of my life as I know I can go to these places and enjoy myself without worrying about how much I've exposed my skin to the sun. Thank you so much, the product is incredible. »

    - Kimberly, Ottawa - Canada


    The Science Behind Shirudo AGR+E

    What clinical studies have found ? Studies by Jeanmougin et Al on PMLE sufferers under real solar exposure condition (Spring and Summer) reveal global efficacy of 80%

    PMLE sufferers applied a formulation combining alpha-glucosylrutin and Vitamin E  with a broad spectrum sunscreen every 2 hours.

    After summer
    67.3% had no eruptions at all
    19.2% had minor eruptions
    13.5% had severe eruptions

    Less common sun allergies

    Photoallergic eruption (new medication?)

    This sun allergy is triggered by the effect of sunlight on a chemical that has been applied to the skin (more often an ingredient in sunscreen, fragrances and cosmetics) or ingested such as prescription medication. This usually causes an itchy red rash or tiny blisters. In some cases, eruption spreads to skin covered by clothing. Common prescription medication that can cause a photoallergic eruption include antibiotics, diuretics for high blood pressure and heart failure, and certain oral contraceptives. In most cases, skin symptoms disappear after the offending chemical is identified and no longer used.

    Solar urticaria (very very rare)

    This form of sun allergy is a very rare condition. It produces hives (large, itchy, red bumps) on sun-exposed skin. Solar urticaria most often affects young women. Hives usually appear on uncovered skin within minutes of exposure to sunlight. Symptoms typically fade within 30 minutes to 2 hours. However, they usually come back when skin is exposed to sun again.

    Other Sun Allergies Diagnosis

    If you have mild symptoms of PMLE, you may be able to diagnose the problem yourself.  Rash occurs only on sun-exposed skin during early spring (or a winter vacation in the Caribbean, for example) then gradually becomes less severe (or disappear) within the following few days or weeks. In most cases, your doctor can confirm that you have PMLE based on your symptoms, story and family history.

    If you have symptoms of a photoallergic eruption, your doctor will begin by reviewing your current medication as well as any skin lotions, sunscreens or colognes you use. The doctor may suggest that you temporarily switch to an alternate medication or eliminate certain skincare products.

    Solar urticaria is a rare condition, your doctor may confirm the diagnosis by using photo-testing alone to reproduce your hives.


    Sun allergy treatment

    If you are prone to sun allergies, prevention (and reduced sun exposure) is the key to avoiding symptoms from worsening:

    • Apply a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s UVA and UVB
    • Limit your time outdoors when the sun is at its peak
    • Wear sunglasses with ultraviolet light protection
    • Wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt and a hat with a wide brim

    Be aware of any skincare products and medications that may trigger a photoallergic eruption. If you are taking prescription medication, and you normally spend a great deal of time outdoors, ask your doctor whether you should take any special precautions to avoid sun. 

    If you suffer from Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE) and still want to enjoy outdoor activities, learn more about the effect of alpha-glucosylrutin and vitamin E  as a treatment for PMLE prone skin.