The #1 Thing that Is Making Your Acne Worse this Summer
For years, people believed that a good, healthy dose of sun
was the answer to their acne-related problems. Doctors
in the 1950’s even prescribed sessions under a sun lamp to treat patients
looking to rid their complexions of acne, and the idea has more or less stuck,
with some looking to more and more DIY options to help
symptoms of acne.
Many dermatologists are pleading with people to resist the urge to
go about treating their skin the old fashioned way with a lengthy sunbath by
the pool. The claim nowadays is that the sun’s rays can actually end up making
acne worse...but why? To get an idea of exactly what the sun is doing to your
skin to make acne worse, check out this quick and easy guide below!
rays will end up leaving you oilier than ever!
People with acne seem to love tanning because many of them notice
their pimples drying up after a day or two in the sun. What they don’t realize
is that this temporary relief from an irritating blemish is actually triggering
even bigger problems to get underway, problems which can actually lead to more
acne! That oil your may feel on your skin, especially in the t-zone, nose or
chin area, is called sebum, which is produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebum’s
function is to hydrate the skin. When the skin becomes too dry, these glands
become triggered to produce more sebum to replace the oil that was just
removed. Too much sebum can become clogged inside the pores along with dirt and
debris to form bacteria, which leads to acne symptoms such as blackheads and
pimples. Not only does this counterproductive method of treating acne
potentially lead to more acne, it also diminishes moisture from the outer layer
of skin, which makes it hard to keep the body hydrated on those hot days, and
may lead to early onset lines and wrinkles, in addition to acne.
discourages inflammation, but doesn’t actually work to solve the problem.
The decrease in the redness of acne people experience after
prolonged exposure to sun rays seems like a quick-fix solution for a spotty
complexion, but that’s only part of the picture when it comes to how UV rays are affecting
your condition. The reason the redness appears to go away is because the sun
actually decreases an inflammatory response produced by the body. The whitehead of a pimple is actually white blood cells sent to “fight” the
bacteria formed within a pore clogged with too much sebum, dirt and debris, so
when the inflammatory response isn’t triggered, a puss-filled blemish doesn’t
form. Seems like the perfect solution to acne, right? Not quite. When you
decrease this immune reaction, the entire immune system can eventually become
compromised, making it hard to fight off infection down the road. Additionally, this
temporary oil zap isn’t actually treating the problem at all! In order to
achieve long-term relief, the problem must be addressed at its source - the
sebaceous glands, and a systemic
treatment like AcnEase does that for its users everyday, regardless of how much sun hits
can make existing acne scars even darker.
The main reason many people feel that their acne improves after a
long day in the sun is because the skin becomes darker, making existing acne and acne
scarring less visible. Unfortunately,
this cover-up solution is just an illusion. Not only will that acne still be
there once the color starts to fade, but the scars left behind can be made even
worse through hyperpigmentation. Sun rays can increase the risk of leaving
permanent acne scars no matter what your skin type, tone or shade, so in order
to prevent an even bigger problem to deal with down the road, be sure to wear
sunscreen at all times, even on the cloudy days, and do your best to avoid
exposure during the sun’s peak hours, usually between 10am-4pm.
If you happen to live in a part of the world that the clouds
rarely cover, or just can’t seem to resist soaking up some sun rays, you can
take some good preventative measures to assure you that your acne won’t be made
worse by those UV rays. You always want to give your skin a nice coat of
sunscreen, and cover up as much as possible - that will work wonders on the
surface of your skin. Additionally, to stay proactive from within, and to
experience long-term results, an all-natural, herbal solution like AcnEase can work
to produce real results you can live with, even in the hot and sweltering
We want to hear from you! What do you do to keep the sun off your
face? Or are you still tanning? Tell us in the comments!