The sun has a reputation for being FANTASTIC against acne.
Have you had that experience? Have you noticed that your pimples are reduced by sunbathing?
The truth is: the sun does not help!
When skin is exposed to sunlight, the skin becomes darker. Your skin darkens, so pimples are not as noticeable.
The pimples are still there; they are just not as evident as before.
You might think that it is better than nothing. You might be satisfied if your blemishes are just not as easily seen.
You may even be of the opinion that the pimples are reduced. You may have experienced that your pimples have disappeared considerably after you’ve had a holiday in the sun.
This is not entirely wrong. The sun and tanning (also after use of tanning beds) can reduce your pimples - at least in the beginning.
But it is certain that your pimples are going to return, and the risk is even greater that you will have even more than you started out with!
When you sunbathe, your skin compensates for the sun’s drying effect by producing more sebum (oil).
In addition, when it is exposed to UVA radiation, the skin automatically forms more cells to replace the skin cells that the sun's rays kill.
This increased production of oil and skin cells will most likely result in even more pimples, because pimples consist of skin cells and oil.
This also explains why after a holiday in the sun (which appeared to help reduce pimples) many come home and find that their skin is worse.
On the contrary!
There is a high risk of more pimples.
There is a high risk of pigmented lesions.
There is a high risk of sun damage.
There is a high risk of permanent scarring.
And most important: there is a high risk of developing skin cancer.