Basking Under The Sun Could Actually Help Cure Your Acne

It is well known, a little bit of sun is good for your spiritsand most importantly, good for your skin. The sun’s rays can literally lift our mood to an instant. Our body’s ability to produce serotonin (often called the ‘’happy hormone’’) is directly affected by sunlight and warm temperatures also stimulate circulation and perspiration. When well managed, it can help to bring excess oil to the skin’s surface and clear pores. 

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So, what really happens to our spots in the sun? Can a dose of sunshine actually be the best acne treatment? And does that mean we can get a prescription to go on holiday when we’re tackling a major breakout?

Truth is, after sun exposure, skin can sometimes look better because it provokes the production of melanin (the body’s natural UV defense mechanism) which gives the skin a tan. This tan not only reduces the appearance of spots (less visible on darker skin) but also makes our complexion look healthier. However the acne is still present.

After sun exposure, skin can sometimes look better because it provokes the production of melanin (the body’s natural UV defense mechanism) which gives the skin a tan

There is an element of truth within this as the UV light from the sun does have mild antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, some people can find that their acne can get worse in the sun, particularly if they are using thick sun creams that block the pores and lead to acne breakouts. It’s important to use a sheer sunscreen if you are prone to acne

We would never advise seeking the sun as a way to effectively treat acne since we all have far better methods of treating acne. Not to mention, an excessive sun exposure can lead to premature ageing and increasing the risk of skin cancer. However, controlled treatments with red / blue light can be helpful and provide effective results too.

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