- Posted 07-30-2013
- By Dr. Agnes Olszewski
you one of those people that believe if you lay out on the beach all
day long, your acne will dry out? Or that if you lather on any type of
sunscreen in the morning, it will last all day? These thoughts seem
logical, but unfortunately, they’re incorrect. Learning about proper sun
protection and sunscreens in relation to acne will help keep you safe
and your skin clear!
Myth 1: The sun is bad for me
FACT: No, the sun is NOT BAD for you.
The sun is healthy if you take the proper precautions. Ultraviolet light
from the sun comes in two main wavelengths: UVA and UVB. They are quite
different in respect of the risk they create for your health. UVA rays
are those that are considered “bad”, which can cause you to burn and
eventually, excess exposure may lead to skin cancer. UVB helps you
produce vitamin D, which is very important for your overall wellbeing,
supports your bones, skin, muscles, heart, eyesight and immune system-
but don’t be fooled, excess exposure can be harmful to your skin cells.
Moderation in sun exposure and using proper sun protection are keys to
your skin and body health since long-term, excessive exposure to
sunlight can increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer.
Appropriate use of sun protection also plays a major role in helping to
combat acne breakouts and heal acne scars and marks.