Can I Use Sunless Tanning Products if I Have Acne?
the summer approaches, so does the temptation to look "sun kissed."
While we don't recommend that you put extra product on your skin, we
also understand that you will! You need to be aware of how the use of
sunless tanning products may present a risk of irritating your skin and
amplifying the existing skin problems, so here are our tips to stay safe
and reduce the risk of flareup's.
8 Rules of Sunless Tanning For Acne Prone Skin
- Choose products that are light, without a heavy oil base. Heavy oil will clog your pores.
- Choose products that contain SPF of at least 15 so you don't have to apply a second layer of sun protection on top of the sunless tanning product.
- Select products with moisturizers if your skin is dry or sensitive. Those with oily skin may find that gel based products work better for them.
- Choose a tanner that contains vitamins, herbal extracts and antioxidants when possible.
- Exfoliate your skin before you apply the self-tanning product. However,
if your skin is heavily irritated, or your acne is severe, you may
do better without exfoliation, and therefore consider using a
bronzer (temporary darker or "gold" hue make-up or powder) instead
of a self-tanner.
- Applying the self-tanning product without exfoliation and on uneven skin may
cause streaks and darker spots that are difficult to remove for
weeks. Bronzer on the other hand may be blended in and adjusted as
needed. Remember to remove it at night with a gentle cleanser.
- Choose a self-tanning product that is the lightest to match your skin color. Darker colors amplify the look of marks and scars.
- When opting for a bronzer instead of a self tanner, dab concealer in your original skin color, or one shade lighter, on your acne, pimples, scars etc.
Blend a bronzer with your usual foundation and distribute evenly,
and in sheer layers with your fingertips. Or, if you want an even
more shear look, apply with a lightly damp cosmetic sponge. Avoid
dark shades and heavy layers of bronzers and make-up.
BEWARE OF THE FOLLOWING
These pills are commercially banned in the US, yet some people get
their hands on them. DO NOT USE THEM! They contain the carotene chemical
canthaxanthin, and have been associated with hepatitis and urticaria, a
condition that involves relentless itching and skin eruptions.
Tanning beds: There
is plenty of proof that tanning beds are dangerous to you and your
skin. Tanning beds pose the same dangers as the sun. They omit
ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes skin cancer. Don't believe
anyone who tells you that because tanning booths omit only UVA rays,
they're not hazardous to your health. One study suggests that visiting a
tanning booth ten times in a year can double your chances of developing
melanoma - one of the most deadly types of cancer. And for those that
are or are planning to become pregnant, melanoma is the only type of
cancer that spreads to the placenta, which could be disastrous for both
you and your baby.
For further questions, please feel free to contact us directly. Stay safe friends!