The summer is quickly approaching and with that comes a nice warm weather. Hopefully, the next few months will be full of sun and high temperatures that will allow us to spend much more time outside than we did during the winter months. Of course, with all this outdoor time comes a lot of sun exposure. Many of us associate the sun with negative effects that it may have on our skin. However, the sun brings also positives if handled correctly (hello tanning!). Below are some of the acne skin care tips we can do this summer.
I would like to start by mentioning two visible physical consequences of sun exposure specifically for us acne-prone skin people:
1. Sun exposure helps your current active acne clear up.
Indeed, the sun dries out your skin making it less oily, so you get fewer breakouts and any current acne goes away more quickly. Also, tanning darkens your skin and therefore makes any actual pimples stand out less. In the short term, exposing your skin to the sun may seem like a great idea because, as mentioned above, it does dry out your pimples. However, don’t forget that too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
2. With too much sun, any of your active pimples may turn a darker color.
Also, the sun delays the healing of acne scars and makes any existing scar darker as well as more permanent.
*Important side note: If you are taking any medication to help treat your acne (contraceptive pills especially), beware of taking in too much sun because most of these treatments make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. Thus, making you more prone to hyperpigmentation on your skin.
Too much sun can be a bad thing, but so can be too little. In fact, sun exposure is essential for fulfilling our daily vitamin D needs. There is no magic number as to how many minutes of sun exposure we need as it depends on the color of our skin and our geographical location. Generally, it is a good idea for people with dark skin to take in 60 minutes of sunlight a day and lighter skinned people approximately 20 minutes.
I think that what we can take from this information is that we should take the recommended amount of sunlight each day while weighing the pros and cons that the sun has on our acne when deciding on any extra sunlight time. Just keep in mind these great acne skin care tips to ensure your best of health while making the most of the summer weather.
May you skin have a safe and beneficial summer!