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Acne-Prone Skin and Sun Protection

May 8, 2018 by Samantha Smith
acne-prone skin sun protection

It was once believed that the sun could somehow dry out acne-prone skin and help skin heal. But as we now know, acne and the sun do not really go together. Acne scarring and blemishes can darken from sun exposure, having a negative effect upon skin rather than a positive one. But just because you have acne does not mean you do not want to enjoy the sunshine when it arrives – so you just need the right sun protection.

Can you apply Sun Protection on Acne Prone Skin?

Yes, you can use sun cream when you have acne. Sun cream should be used by everybody on a daily basis regardless of skin conditions. This is to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Acne sufferers tend to have oily skin which influences their decision to apply any creams (including sun cream) due to the possibility of clogged pores and breakouts.

But fear not, here is the low-down on what to look for, for sun protection of acne prone skin:

Look for non-comedogenic formulations

Read the label. It will state whether it is non-comedogenic which means will not clog pores. If the label also states it is oil-free, fragrance free and alcohol free (as alcohol dries out skin), it should be perfect for acne prone skin. There is no excuse for not using sun protection and to not use it would do acne more harm than good, so do look for these factors before you purchase.

Look for formulations that contain Titanium or Zinc Oxide

These two ingredients work wonders in absorbing excess oils from skin. Also consider gel-based sun protection rather than milks or creams as they are less greasy.

Consider your skin care products before going out in the sun

Skin care products that contain Salicyclic acid can make you more susceptible to sunburn and can make your skin more sensitive. So if you are applying products with this ingredient, remember to choose high SPF sun protection and try not to stay out in the sun for prolonged periods of time.

In order to support skin’s health overall, there is the help: clear skin range. Both help: clear skin and help: clear skin MEN contain natural ingredients to help kill the bacteria that causes acne as well as reduce skin inflammation, helping to promote healthier skin, the natural way.

Compelling Reasons for Applying Sun Protection to Acne-Prone Skin

Still not convinced? Here are a few reasons why you should apply sun protection to acne-prone skin:

  • UV rays cause free radical cell damage to skin which can result in inflammation. As acne is an inflammatory condition, increasing inflammation only worsens acne. Sun protection with an SPF of at least 30 will help support skin’s health.
  • Healthy skin needs collagen and elastin as they are the very building blocks of skin health. But the sun’s rays actually destroy collagen and elastin – yet another compelling reason to wear sun protection.
  • Acne prone skin tends to be oily, the sun dries it out, which, sounds like a good thing…but isn’t. The sun harms the skins natural barrier resulting in moisture loss, so the body produces more oil to compensate.

The bottom line – even if you have acne-prone skin, wear sun protection!

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