Fact or Fiction: The Effects of the Sun on Your Acne
Unfortunately, there is a
large amount of disinformation on the web these days about the sun and the
effect it can have on breakouts. As some myths promote practices that are
unnecessary but relatively harmless, those related to sun exposure can become
downright dangerous. Let's take a look at some of these acne "urban
legends" about the sun and discover what the truth actually is.
Myth #1-Sweating is good
for your skin. It actually cleans out your pores!
this myth got its start because of something true - the fact that sweating
causes our pores to open up. However, just because your pores are opened
doesn't mean they will magically become unclogged. In fact, sweating can
actually make them more clogged than usual. Sweat, especially the type
associated with outdoor activities or exercise, allows dirt and other debris to
become stuck to your skin. This can then accumulate and block up your pores,
allowing acne-causing bacteria to flourish. So, if you play softball with your
friends or run the beach, it is good for your health and life but it will not
help your acne. If, on the other hand, you take a steam bath or make
yourself a controlled facial steam bath, make sure you rinse your skin very
well and use cooler water to close the pores (do not rub, just pat your skin
dry), which should be followed by using VERY clean towels and non-comedogenic
moisturizers. This will actually clean your skin.
Myth #2-Getting a tan is
good for acne breakouts.
Since acne develops as a
result of excess skin oil (sebum) blocking your pores, many people believe that
getting a tan and being exposed to the sun's rays will help dry up that oil and
reduce acne breakouts. Aside from the fact that there is currently no
scientific evidence to support such a statement, the potential negative side
effects from unprotected exposure to the sun far outweigh any unproven benefits
for reducing breakouts. In fact, since a tan or sunburn dries your skin out,
this may produce more dead skin flakes and cause your skin to produce even more
pore-clogging sebum. In addition, overexposure to sun will cause inflammation
that you do not need to add to your acne. Finally, the dangers of skin cancer
are real, so if you're out in the sun, protect yourself with clothing or
sunscreen. Finding the right sunscreen
for your skin type can take some time, but it's well worth the effort to
prevent skin cancer
and premature skin aging.
Myth #3-Acne treatments
can help reduce the sun's negative effects.
Both over the counter
acne products (like those containing ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and
salicylic acid) as well
as prescriptive drugs (such as antibiotics, retinoids and isotretinoin) carry a serious warning about sun
exposure - they actually amplify your skin sensitivity and may cause serious
burns and other side effects such as irritation, inflammation, discoloration,
yourself from the sun can cure your acne.
Statements like these
greatly overestimate the importance of the sun in the cycle of acne breakouts.
While it's true that the sun can make your acne problems worse, it's not a main
culprit. Instead, the only way to effectively eliminate breakouts is to target
the underlying and internal causes of them-such as your hormonal imbalance.
When your hormonal balance is disturbed (which can be caused by everything from
puberty to pregnancy) this may cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce
sebum. The excess sebum begins to clog your pores, which leads to the growth of
acne-causing bacteria, and the breakout cycle begins. AcnEase is
a safe and natural product that can help reduce the effect of hormonal
imbalances on your sebaceous glands without actually affecting your hormones
and was designed to help you stop your persistent acne. Being smart about your
exposure to the sun can help reduce the outward symptoms of acne, but until
you're doing something about its hormonal causes, then you can expect breakouts
to continue in the future.
With a Promise of Clear