It is well known that a little bit of sun is good for your spirits – and most importantly, good for your skin. The sun’s rays can literally lift your mood instantly. Your body’s ability to produce serotonin (often called the ‘’happy hormone’’) is directly affected by sunlight – and warm temperatures also stimulate circulation and perspiration. When well-managed, it can help bring excess oil to the skin’s surface and clear pores.
So, what really happens to our spots in the sun? Can a dose of sunshine actually be the best acne treatment? And does that mean we can get a prescription to go on holiday when we’re tackling a major breakout?
This tan not only reduces the appearance of spots (less visible on darker skin) but also makes our complexion look healthier.
Truth is, after sun exposure, skin can sometimes look better, because it provokes the production of melanin (the body’s natural UV defense mechanism) which gives the skin a tan. This tan not only reduces the appearance of spots (less visible on darker skin) but also makes our complexion look healthier. However the acne is still present.
UV light from the sun does have mild antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, some people can find that their acne gets worse in the sun, particularly if they are using thick sun creams that block the pores and lead to acne breakouts. So, the bottom line is, it is important to use a sheer sunscreen, especially if you are prone to acne.