Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
Sun is actually very important for our health.
When your skin is exposed to natural sunlight (UV rays), your body produces an
essentail nutrient, Vitamin D. Having the right level of Vitamin D in your body
enables better bone health, psychological balance and even has the potential to
assist in decreasing the risk of certain diseases.
On the other hand, sun radiation (UV rays) also damages the DNA of
your skin and may result in the most serious form of skin cancer (melanoma) as
well as cause dry or discolored skin, premature aging, brown spots and
interference with acne treatment.
So how do you find a balance, and protect yourself against sun
damage, especially when you have acne?
If you're in the process of treating your acne, be aware of the
ingredients your acne treatment contains. Most acne products increase your skin
sensitivity to UV rays and therefore, AMPLIFY its damaging effect.
Here's a list of products and ingredients
that require special protection against sun exposure:
Retinoic acid based topical products
Products including Retin-A (Tretinoin,
Vitamin A derivative)
Over the Counter (OTC) Products
Choose acne treatments that don't amplify your skin's sunlight
sensitivity that will greatly reduce the effects of sun damage, while
shortening the time it takes for you to treat your acne! Take note that
AcnEase® is a treatment without any sun restrictions and is
completely safe to take all year long.
The right sunscreen
Check the EWG's Skin Deep® Guide 2012
Sunscreen Report (the 2013 report will be coming out soon this spring) for
sunscreens that base their protective properties on these two major
When both of those ingredients are at a level of 6% or higher, you
are covered. Green tea extract, aloe extra, shea butter as well as some other
botanical humectants (moisturizers) will keep your skin from drying. Choose a
product that has between a 0-2 rating.
Keep your skin sun-safe while enjoying the sunny days and your
All my best,