Sun exposure is essential to our bodies and minds. It is something everyone needs to stay healthy. Basking in the warm sun is a relaxing way to enjoy the sun, but how much sun is too much? Does the sun help clear up acne? Is a good tan an acne solution? And with all the many myths regarding the sun and acne, it is the right time to consider the truth surrounding the dangerous myth of sun exposure being beneficial for acne.
Positive effects of the Sun
Sunlight in moderation is good for the skin. It's an important source of Vitamin D which is required for many of the vital body processes such as the development of healthy bones. A little bit of sun can uplift one's moods. The body's ability to produce serotonin often known as the `happy hormone` is directly affected by sunlight and the lack of the sun can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) where individuals get depressed due to the insufficient amount of sunlight.
Negative effects of the Sun
While a little exposure of the sun every day is healthy, too much can bring on a lot of problems. Overexposure to the sun can cause the skin to dry up and buildup of dead skin cells. Due to the dry skin, the body may increase its production of sebum to moisten the skin. When the sebum combines with the dead skin cells, they can block up the skin pores and result in acne. Therefore, increased sun exposure promotes acne. It can also cause acne breakouts to become more severe and painful than before the sun exposure. It might seem like after a day in the sun your skin looks clearer. What the sunlight does is to tan the skin, which effectively hides the severed look of acne. People often mistake this to be acne cured. It is necessary to understand that in the long run, exposure to the sun can only damage your skin further. Acne is not the only thing to guard against; the sun is continually emitting ultraviolet rays that can create free radicals and lead to health concerns such as sun damage, skin cancer, and premature aging.
Acne Treatment and Sun Sensitivity
There are many acne treatments available, but most of them make you more sensitive to the sun. The sun's rays cause inflammation, which can cause darkening of already existing acne scars. Protecting your skin from the sun's rays is always essential, even when using acne treatments. Always apply sunscreen before heading outside, regardless of the weather or season. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, every single day especially if you are going to be outdoors in the sun for long periods of time or get sweaty.
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