There is a common belief that sun exposure minimizes and even cures acne. This leads to millions of poeple to stay away from sunscreen in order to solve the common issue. But is this actually true?
May people swear by this. Spend some time in the sun and your acne will get better. But this is a myth based on poor knowledge of how skin actually works.
The largest organ in our body has multiple functions, one the most important ones being to work as a powerful barrier and protect us from the elements. When you spend time in the strong, direct sunlight, your skin is exposed to a huge amount of UV radiation.
This damages your skin, causing it to shed oil and water in response to the damage. Which may seem as a good idea to get rid of acne.
But here's the trick. This temporary dryness is not the same as caused by prescription treatments. Your body WILL try to compensate for the lack of hydration and produce even more oil. The end result? Your skin is oilier than before, and now there is a higher chance of breaking out with acne.
UV rays may aldo produce more and more damage: skin cancer, premature skin aging and sun spots, risks to which we are all exposed.
Some people suffer more severe consequences than others, so experts recommend caring for and protecting the skin when tanning, but people with sensitive skin, fair skin and people with acne should take special care.
Five suggestions to keep in mind
- Sun exposure should be limited. Avoid direct sunlight between midday and about 4pm.
- Use oil-free sunscreen.
- Apply sunscreen factor 30SPF or higher. Rain or shine.
- Use gel-cream or gel-only sunscreens (creams may clog pores and can irritate the dermis, making acne worse).
- Continue with the usual care: cleansing gel, sebum-regulating moisturizing creams, masks or exfoliants.