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Acne can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Most adults and teens have acne at some point in their life and have most likely tried a variety of home and commercial remedies. Sunbathing has long been touted as a home remedy.
Unfortunately, the sun can actually do more harm than good for your acne. Dermatologist Jessica Wu, M.D, author of Feed Your Face states, “the sun’s UV rays zap acne-causing bacteria, which is why pimples may clear up temporarily. Plus, pimples and red marks may look less obvious when your skin is tanned.”
Also, when the sun damages your skin, the immune cells in your skin are suppressed, which may reduce the size and redness of acne. This this may be pleasing at first, but excessive sun exposure can cause pimples to end up as dark scars because the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness and create new breakouts.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are also dangerous because they are the primary cause of skin cancer. Also, many acne medication and topical creams such as isotretinoin make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and cause it to burn faster.
Be sure to always apply sunscreen when you’re going to be exposed to sunlight, just be sure to use one that is oil-free.