Is Your Acne Medication Harmful in the Summer?

Is Your Acne Medication Harmful in the Summer?

This is the 4th article in our Summer Series, so stay tuned for many more summer tips to keep your skin clear!  Join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep the conversation going!

  As an acne sufferer, you know that many medications have sun restrictions. But avoiding the sun in the summer is like waving a big delicious candy bar in front of a child's (or, let's admit, an adult's) face and telling them they can't eat it. Being on an acne medication during thesummer with this type of restriction can cause sunburn/sun damage(sometimes irreversible), irritation and dryness; all of which can make your acne problem worse.

If your product is listed here, my recommendation to you is to consult with your doctor about taking these medications during the summer inorder to reduce the harmful effects. Also take note that AcnEase® is a treatment without any sun restrictions and is completely safe to take all year long.

Retinoic acid based topical products

Products including Retin-A (Tretinoin)

  • Avita
  • Renova
  • Retin-A
  • Retin-A MICRO
  • Retisol-A
  • Stieva-A
  • Vitinoin
  • Adalapene (Differin)
  • Isotretinion (Curacne, Isotane, Isotret, Isotretin, Isotrex, Isotrexin, Oratane, Procuta, Roaccutan, Roacutan)
  • Accutane (off the market and the subject of a class action lawsuit due to severe adverse effects)


  • Tetracyclines (Tetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Demeclocycline, Doxycycline, Lymecycline, Minocycline)

Over the Counter (OTC) Products

  • Products containing salicylic acid 
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Dr. Agnes Olszewski, CEO of 
Herborium, naturalhealth expert  
Dr Agnes Olszewski natural health expert

«My workin China in the pharmaceutical and healthcaresector, and my personalexperience while growing up in Europe, inspired me to developHerborium®,a novel Botanical Therapeutics® company, based on a new,innovative healthcare concept that combines science and nature. Ourapproach has already been proven up to 95% effective in our acne treatment, AcnEase®. Not only do I focus on developingbotanical based medicinal products that are helpful in treatment, prevention and managementof different heath conditions,but also on educating the publicabout the values and dangers of naturalmedicine. »

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