Does that sound strange?
Well, maybe you have never heard of a sun allergy but it exists. In several forms even. Some people call it sun poisoning, which is pretty to the point.
Note: this is not me. 😉
As I wrote a while ago, I have a condition known as Lupus. In the linked post I wonder if that disease numbers my days as a naturist. After this summer, with plenty of sunny days, I can say yes and no.
Yes, because going out into the sun wouldn’t be smart. My affliction shows itself as a rash on my arms and legs, and it itches like you wouldn’t believe. But there’s more (just as with any month in this year). I’m not going to bore you with all that, but it’s no fun. I really have to watch myself when the sun is out. So yes, being an outside, in the sunshine naturist isn’t happening for me until there is a cure for lupus. (This link takes you to info on the Mayo Clinic website. TLDR: Lupus is an auto-immune disease.) I’m not holding my breath on that one.
But the good news is that not everything happens outside. There is also inside, and the apartment was pretty hot during our heatwave. Guess what I wore.
What, an anorak? Are you out of your bloody mind?
NOTHING! If this shocks you, then what are you doing here? LOL!
So that is the good news. As long as the sun shines outside, I can be naked. Inside.
And at night I can go out in the nude. Well, as long as the temperature isn’t trying to kill me, right?
8 thoughts on “A naturist with a sun allergy”
I’m sorry to hear that. I have a few medical issues that preclude my participation in many outdoor group activities. They’re not visible so people insist I just don’t want to join in. Handling those responses has always been more of a problem than the dx’d medical issues themselves. Has anything similar happened with you?
Have you found any work-arounds/mitigation strategies? Ex. At a naturist pool party: Slathering on waterproof sunscreen while indoors, walking directly to a shaded chair, and staying there? I’d imagine by now you can look at the cloud cover, the available shade, etc. and calculate your options without much conscious thought.
I’m blessed with the skin of one branch of the family in Poland: I’m stuck with hidradenitis suppurativa and cystic acne along with immunity to Poison Ivy and the ability to stay out in the sun far longer than my skin tone would suggest.
I have tried a few things and none of them worked, unless there is a lot of shade where I can “hide”.
At least I know I have to be careful.
Sorry to hear, that must be horribly annoying. I hope you don’t have people trying to tell you that if you just do ‘X’ or ‘Y’ or (worse) ‘change your attitude’ you’ll be able to spend the whole day in the sun……
It’s a minor issue compared to your but the only sunblock I can wear is Neutragena. Literally every other brand makes my skin break out. I’ve actually gotten into fights with people who insist I’m imagining the situation. They maintain that because their sunblock says “non-comedogenic” that automatically means my skin won’t break out………..
But thanks to Covid this is all a moot point. I’m nude indoors at home, where I spend 99% of my time. And for work all I need to do is put on a shirt 🙂
That is one advantage of being an introvert and a loner: there aren’t many people around. No one tells me to do or try this or that.
Good luck with your skin issue, and let the people talk. Ignore them. They don’t know.
I don’t have a sun-allergy but a cat-allergy. But anyway I don’t like to stay longtime in the sun naked. And as l like to be completely naked I stay either indoors or if possible in the shade outside. Love to walk naked outside but prefer to do so in the woods.
That’s better for the skin anyway!
Sorry about the diagnosis and limitations on your naturist practice. Good on you to find all the positives
Thank you, Earl.
It’s not a death warrant, for which I’m glad!