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Summer is in full swing,
and if you're like most people, you're spending more time enjoying the great
outdoors. Unfortunately, all this extra time outside puts you at risk for
suntans and sunburns. Using sunscreen may be an easy fix to this problem
but you need to use it right and... you should match your sunscreen with your skin type.
There is also a myth
that sun exposure will treat acne - as tanned skin may make pimples a little
less visible, exposure to UV rays causes inflammation; the last thing that acne
prone skin needs. Therefore, it is important to actually know what criteria
your sunscreen should meet to provide a solution, not a problem, to healthy
Most people assume that
there's not much difference between different brands of sunscreen. Of course
the SPF level may vary, but other than that, they all do the same thing, right?
This couldn't be further
from the truth!
There are actually two
primary categories of sunscreen - physical and chemical. Physical
sunscreens do exactly what they sound like they should do and physically block
the sun's rays from reaching you. By using chemicals like zinc oxide and
titanium dioxide, these products reflect sunlight and keep it from affecting
your skin. On the other hand, chemical sunscreen doesn't block the sun's
rays-it absorbs them to keep them from reaching your skin.
no clear winner when it comes to the debate between physical and chemical
sunscreens. Physical brands will typically not clog your pores as badly, but
they also have a tendency to dry your skin out. While chemical brands may clog
your pores, they often include some moisturizing agents that your skin
especially needs over the summer.
So, finding a sunscreen
that works with your skin type and not against it may take some trial and error
on your part. However, once you find a brand that clicks, you'll be glad you
spent the extra effort!
It's a common
misconception that all people with acne have oily skin, so choosing
an acne-safe sunscreen will not be the same for everyone.
If your skin is flaky
and frequently itchy and blotchy, you may want to go with a chemical sunscreen.
These symptoms indicate that you suffer from dry skin, and the moisturizing
effect of the chemical sunscreen could be beneficial.
Conversely, if your skin
has that slick, shiny look all the time, you're probably dealing with oily
skin-in which case you might try a physical sunscreen, since your skin can
better deal with its drying effects.
Whichever variety of
sunscreen you ultimately decide on, look for an all-natural brand. While some
chemicals like zinc oxide are necessary, unavoidable, and safe on your skin,
natural sunscreens will cut down on all the unnecessary, synthetic ingredients
that could potentially harm your skin and your health.
In reality, sunscreen
will have little effect on acne breakouts for most people. Choosing the wrong
brand may make your current breakout worse, but sunscreen can never be a
primary cause of acne. Even though the symptoms of this condition develop on
the skin's surface, its origins are actually much more internal.
Hormones do not send
signals by the way but directly stimulate sebaceous glands and this is why
AcnEase has a unique mechanism of action as it DOES NOT change hormones but
serves as a buffer between them and the sebaceous glands. When there is an imbalance between your hormone
levels, this can send a message to your sebaceous glands (located directly
beneath the surface of your skin) to produce excess sebum (i.e. skin oil). This
sebum begins to clog your pores, which leads to the growth of acne-causing
bacteria-and this is the real culprit behind your acne breakouts.
Topical products like
sunscreen are no match for the power of your hormones, and your acne breakouts
will continue to persist, regardless of the type of sun protection you use if
you don't address the underlying causes. AcnEase was designed to be a safe and natural
way to treat the hormonal root of acne. It helps clear up current breakouts and
prevents new ones from occurring, not by altering your hormone levels but by
altering their effect on your sebaceous glands.
Be safe, find a
sunscreen that works for you, and be on your way to enjoy an acne-free life.
With a Promise of Clear