Does the sun bring you out in spots?

Posted on 05 Jul, 2012

A little bit of summer sunshine can do wonders for the way we feel; there’s no need to hide under the covers when the alarm goes off in the morning as you actually want to get out of bed and enjoy the day! A light tan creates a healthier-looking, sun-kissed appearance that can also leave you feeling more confident about the way your skin looks.

If you suffer from acne, however, you may find that the stronger sunlight actually makes your skin look worse, bringing you out in more spots than usual. This can be a real disappointment, and certainly isn’t something you want to deal with while away on your holidays… So what should you look out for and what can you do?

In this article, we will take a look at some of the treatments that may help to keep your spots under control, as well as those that may be responsible for making the problem flare up:

Active acne laser treatment – this could give your skin a boost before you go or when you return, eliminating surface bacteria that can cause inflamed and infected spots.

We talk above about how the summer sun can actually make acne-prone skin worse, despite the fact that many of us believe that it is beneficial for spotty skin. Laser acne treatment can help enormously in the fight to keep the blemishes under control, but there are also other aspects of your skincare that you should pay attention to:

• Sunblock – it is essential to ensure that your skin is protected from the sun; however some sun blocks may irritate your skin further or cause congestion in the pores. Make sure you choose a suitable sun block for your skin type that is unlikely to make it worse. If in doubt, make sure you give the products a test before you jet off abroad.

• Exfoliate – you will probably sweat more in the heat, which can stick dull or dead skin cells to the surface of the skin and the lining of the pores. This will mean that pores become clogged much more quickly than usual, while the sweat and heat will offer the perfect environment for bacteria to proliferate. Regular exfoliating will remove debris and reduce the likelihood of spots forming.