You checked this out because you’re looking for real PMLE sun allergy rash pictures, right? Good, you’ve come to the right place!

Now that it’s June in Wisconsin and that sunny summer weather is finally here, so is that pesky rash.

That rash is called Polymorphic Light Eruption, or PMLE. It’s an allergy to the sun. It’s neither contagious nor curable.

Bummer, right? 

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As I learned more about this condition, research led me to a few products that aid in prevention. Though not permanent or a foolproof solution, I have found that these are products prevent or alleviate the majority of my symptoms.

Pretty much all I’m doing right now is looking for the ingredient avobenzone. That one ingredient seems to be the most helpful from my personal experience. 

Here is an expanded list of products that you may find helpful for your PMLE rash.

My PMLE history

I’ve been living with PMLE for about 5 or so years. It took a few years before I realized there was something amiss. Itchy, bumpy rashes every spring? And only when I was out in the sun??? I spy a correlation!

I talk more about my PMLE history here.

lthough I have never been diagnosed, nor seen a doctor on this matter, numerous internet searches led me back to Polymorphous Light Eruption, or PMLE.

The location, timing and rash description was a match with what I dealt with each spring.

What is Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE)?

PMLE is a relatively common skin reaction to people who are photosensitive – that is, sensitive to sunlight (ultraviolet light). About 10% to 15% of the population and far more women than men are affected.

It isn’t well understood, but simply put, people who react are usually allergic to the UVA rays, while UVB rays are what cause sunburn and premature aging.

It can appear suddenly, after years without an issue. That’s what happened to me. It is also thought to run in families, although I don’t know of anyone in mine who deals with this concern.

PMLE is not dangerous or contagious. Just irritating and unsightly.

You can’t make it go away, but you can help minimize the reactions.


Common Symptoms of PMLE

  • Rash located at the “V” of the neck, back of the hands, and outside surface of the arms.
    Occurs in the spring of temperate climate residents.
  • Produces an itchy or burning rash within the first two hours after sun exposure.
  • May also develop small fluid-filled blisters. 

The Rash

The rash itself can look different from person to person. However, the rash will typically present itself the same with each person over the years. For instance, my arm and hands tend to be red, blotchy and itchy with tiny bumps. My chest doesn’t usually get as bumpy, but will be blotchy and itchy.

The more I itch, the worse it appears. I know, I know. Stop itching. And when I get a little overzealous with the scratching, I get tiny blood blisters. Not very attractive.

PMLE Sun Allergy Rash Pictures

Here are a series of photos from the PMLE sun allergy rashes I experienced this spring. They’re not the worse I’ve had, but hopefully you’ll get an idea of what you may encounter with this condition.

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