Summer Series #4: Is Your Acne Medication Harmful in the Summer?

Summer Series #4: Is Your Acne Medication Harmful in the Summer?

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 the summer 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 in order 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

Dr Agnes Olszewski natural health expert

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«My work in China in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, and my personal experience while growing up in Europe, inspired me to develop Herborium®, a novel Botanical Therapeutics® company, based on a new, innovative healthcare concept that combines science and nature. Our approach has already been proven up to 95%effective in our acne treatment, AcnEase®. Not only do I focus on developing botanical based medicinal products that are helpful in treatment, prevention and
management of different heath conditions, but also on educating the public about
the values and dangers of natural medicine.»

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