Does Tanning Help With Acne? Expert Answers

Getting a tan is a popular summer activity. It's a great way to relax and get vitamin D, but does tanning help acne? A lot of people have different ideas about whether or not tanning helps acne. Some people say it does, while others say it doesn't.

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Does Tanning Help With Acne?
Even though the sun may seem to dry out oily skin at first, this effect will backfire.

Since acne is one of the most common skin problems we see in our patients, we often find that they have come up with unique ways to get rid of it. People in high school and older often find out what happens to their skin when they spend a lot of time in the sun. Especially in our society today, having a tan that is too dark is often mistaken for having healthy skin. Over the past 10 years, a lot of research has been done on the false claims that tanning salons make about how ultraviolet rays can help treat eczema, psoriasis, or acne.

The UV rays from tanning beds do much more harm than good, it turns out. Even though a tan from a beach vacation can help hide blemishes, pimples, or acne scars on the skin’s surface, too much UV light from a tanning booth or too much time in the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer and premature aging and cause acne breakouts overall. In the long run, tanning beds do a lot of damage to your skin. This is a long way from the healthy, glowing skin we all want.

Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist who can help you get rid of acne that shows up on the surface of your skin. Dr. Green is an expert at treating acne, and he knows how to keep your skin healthy and acne-free for a long time. When you work with Dr. Green, she can create a treatment plan for you that uses a combination of acne medications, in-office treatments, and skin care routines to treat active acne lesions, acne scars, and keep acne from coming back.

Why does tanning “improve” my skin?

Many patients have noticed that their pimples are smaller, their skin looks firmer and smoother, and they have a “glow.” But a tan can look or feel different than it really is. Too much time in the sun without enough SPF sunscreen or high-SPF moisturizers can have a lot of bad effects, like making your skin age faster, getting fine lines and wrinkles, and making you more likely to get skin cancer. Also, getting too much sun is a common cause of dark spots, also called hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and melasma. Even people with darker skin can benefit from this.

Use of acne medications and topical treatments, which can make the skin very sensitive to UV rays, is another important part of acne and sun safety. Patients who use benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, adapalene gel, or salicylic acid must be very careful to protect their skin from sun damage. Dr. Green always tells his patients who go out in the sun to use a high-SPF sunscreen like MGSKINLABs Hydrating Sunscreen to prevent their skin from aging too quickly and from getting more acne.

Can getting a tan help acne?

If you want to know if tanning beds can help acne, the answer is sadly, no. Tan beds use strong UV rays to make the skin darker, which has been linked to skin cancers like melanoma. Most cases of skin cancer are caused by UV damage from the sun, and tanning booths often increase this risk because they use direct UV wavelengths to tan the skin. Also, the only thing a tanning salon can do to help acne is make the skin darker. This makes blemishes and pimples less noticeable on the skin’s surface. The American Academy of Dermatology has found that tanning beds do not help acne.

Can a tan help clear up acne?

As we’ve already talked about, tanning beds don’t help with acne, and both outdoor and indoor tanning can make acne worse. Spending hours in the sun or a tanning booth tends to dry out the skin, which makes the sebaceous glands of the body make more oil. This can make acne worse instead of getting rid of it. Also, dry skin or sunburn can cause more dead skin cells to build up on the skin’s surface, which is one of the main reasons for more pimples.

Do sunbeds help with acne scarring?

Many tanning salons say that sunbeds or tanning beds can make acne scars less noticeable. This is not true at all, and to make matters worse, tanning beds can actually hurt and make acne scars worse. Collagen and elastin fibers are especially vulnerable to UV rays when the skin is trying to heal an acne scar, and tanning can slow down the body’s natural ability to heal the skin.

Sun sensitivity and treatment for acne

There are many acne treatments that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Do you know what Accutane is? This strong acne medication was taken off the market because it caused a lot of bad side effects. One of the most common complaints was that it made people more sensitive to the sun, so they would get sunburned after just a few minutes outside.

Aside from pills like Accutane, there are also treatments that you put on your skin that make you more sensitive to the sun. You may have seen or used treatments with benzoyl peroxide, but this harsh ingredient can cause some bad side effects. You’ll notice these products recommend avoiding excess sun exposure. This is because these kinds of acne medicines dry out sebum and speed up the rate of cell growth and shedding. This leaves your skin vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays because the moisture barrier hasn’t been fixed.

Is there a way to treat acne that doesn’t have scary side effects? Yes, but you should always put on sunscreen before going outside, no matter what the weather or season is.

There are treatments for acne that are gentler on the skin but just as good at getting rid of breakouts. Salicylic acid is a natural way to get rid of dead skin, and it doesn’t dry out the skin too much. Our acne treatments use the highest amount of salicylic acid allowed as the active ingredient. They also use plant intelligence to calm redness and irritation. We also use Floralux, which is a secret ingredient made from chlorophyll. Find out more about how chlorophyll can help the skin heal.

In Conclusion

Be sure to protect your skin when you go outside to enjoy the sun. Wear clothes that protect you from the sun and a hat with a wide brim to protect your face and neck.

Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all parts of your skin that aren’t covered by clothing, including your feet. This protection is especially important if you are taking medicine for acne or getting treatments that make your skin extra sensitive to the sun.

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