Love it or hate it, your body needs to be exposed to the sun to function properly. Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ is essential for strong, healthy bones. But overexposure or improper exposure can lead to a variety of problems, including acne.
First, let’s deal with the myth. Small amounts of sun exposure can be good for acne but the benefit is temporary. Consistent sunbathing will dry your skin, causing your skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil. And when your skin’s been exposed to the sun, it has to slough off old cells more frequently. This might sound okay, but the reality is the dead cells and extra oil generated create a perfect environment for, you guessed it, blocked pores that produce acne.
And let’s not forget that too much sun can also lead to premature aging, skin cancer, and other serious health problems.
The best advice if you work or play in the sun is to wear an appropriate sunscreen, one that will not further clog your pores. Look for products that are oil-free, non-comedogenic, and provide at least an SPF 15 protection level from UVA and UVB rays.