Hello Summer: sun & acne – you should know that!

Each of us knows the feeling; it is summer and it is simply incredibly wonderful to lie in the sun on the beach or to sunbathe on the terrace. But for our skin, all of that is anything but relaxation. Have you ever wondered how our skin feels the sun? More importantly, which skin care should you pay attention to when it comes to sun & acne? I am often asked whether sun and UV rays help against acne.

Does the sun have a good or bad effect on your skin? 

The sun has many positive properties. Sunlight supports the immune system, promotes the production of vitamin D and kills a certain type of bacteria, which are responsible for the formation of acne. Sunlight allows the inflammatory processes to subside somewhat. This improves your complexion, but not in the long run. Especially at the beginning of autumn, most acne sufferers experience a recurrent deterioration in the complexion.

Disadvantage of UV rays predominate!

UV – A rays cause the skin to age prematurely, they make your skin look pale and wrinkled, and there are also unaesthetic pigment spots. Likewise, the sun has a negative rather than positive effect on acne. Excessive UV radiation horns the skin. The consequence of this cornification is that excess sebum can no longer drain off properly. Clog the pores. The result is visible comedones and inflammatory acne. On particularly hot days, the sweat dries on the surface of the skin. This is the perfect basis for the formation of a large number of bacteria. Pimples form quickly because your follicles (pores) become clogged. 

Sun protection 365 days a year!

Sun protection is essential for every skin type. And that 365 days a year. Even if the sun is not visible, the UV rays are all equivalent and should therefore not be underestimated in any direct sunlight. Sun protection is a particularly important topic for acne. If you are currently in acne therapy, you are particularly susceptible to UV damage. Many acne treatments and medications such as tretinoin, adapalene, benzoyl peroxide and also fruit acids achieve good results but peel the skin, which makes it even more sensitive to sunlight. As a result, you should wear a very high SPF 50+ sun protection factor. 

When choosing the right sun protection, make sure that it is not too heavy or too greasy for the skin. So choose light sunscreens. It is best to integrate your sun protection into your everyday care routine. There are now many sun creams that are easy to absorb and do not leave a greasy oil film on the skin. So sunscreen that promotes acne is a myth these days. 

Sunlight can improve the skin condition for acne in the short term. In the long term, however, ultraviolet radiation damages the cells, leads to cornification of the skin and thus clogs pores. Your sebum production is stimulated, a film of sebum and fat covers your skin. Bacteria can form and cause acne. Sunlight also causes the skin to age prematurely. A high level of sun protection is essential for long-lasting success in combating acne.

UV rays reduce the loss of moisture on your skin, which also leads to increased sebum production. If you follow these important skin care tips, long-term skin damage can be prevented and your complexion improves. Don’t forget – 365 days a year!