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How UV Affects Acne

Pimples are friends to no one and —consequently— no one likes pimples. Did you know that the most common skin disorder in the US is acne? About 40 to 50 million Americans are affected by it every year, so if you suffer from it, don’t be hard on yourself. You’re not alone.

How UV Affects AcneYear after year, we spend billions of dollars on acne treatments, including creams, prescription medications, facials and more. However, there is one thing that most people tend to trust when it comes to treating acne: sunlight.

Have many times have you heard that tanning might fix the problem? And, how many times have you rushed out to lay under the sun after hearing that? It seems to be a popular belief but is it accurate? It turns out; it’s not.

If you have acne, overexposing your skin to the sun might make the breakouts even worse. Excess UV rays can increase inflammation and redness, which can harm your skin. The first few hours your skin might seem fine and you might even notice a slight improvement, but that’s a temporary effect.

After a day in the sun, your skin might look slightly better, but it is mainly because the tanning effect gives the illusion on a smoother, clearer complexion, temporarily covering up redness and blemishes.

spray tanningTanning beds can also affect your skin if you’re suffering from acne. In that case, it is better to wait until your skin clears up before you get a tan or resort to a sunless tanning method, like spray tanning or self-tanning. Products like Bondi Sands can help you achieve a flawless look from the comfort of your own home, or you can get a hand-held spray tan with the Bondi Sands solution, applied by our wonderful technicians at Veranda Sun, in Boulder.