Is Sun Acne a Thing?

June 24, 2021
Is Sun Acne a Thing?

Exposure to the sun’s harsh UV rays can lead to skin damage including dark spots, freckles, patches of discoloration, dullness, dryness, wrinkles, and even deep cellular damage that may lead to pre-cancers. But did you know that in addition to burnt, damaged skin, the sun also isn’t great for acne?  

Sun Exposure, Dryness & Acne  

UV rays can exacerbate the causes and triggers of acne. For example, over-exposure to the sun can increase skin dryness, causing our sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. This excess production of sebum, known as seborrhea, leads to the development of pimples.  

Skin dryness from the sun also causes cells on the skin’s surface to harden. This interferes with our skin’s natural desquamation or shedding process. Pores can become clogged, and acne develops as a result.  

Sun Exposure, Sweat & Acne  

Warm weather and sun exposure also increase our production of sweat. Sweat increases our body heat and causes the pores to open up, leaving the skin vulnerable to clogging. This creates an environment in which the bacteria and pollutants associated with acne can thrive.  

Dr. Zenovia recommends incorporating an exfoliating solution into your evening routine a few times a week to unclog the pores and accelerate the removal of dead skin cells. Our 10% Glycolic Acne Control Peel Pads contain a powerful combination of glycolic and salicylic acids to effectively target acne and post-acne scars.  

Sun Protection for Acne-Prone Skin  

All skin types need to apply sunscreen when spending time outdoors. There are many sunscreens on the market that will not cause breakouts! Always apply sunscreen to all parts of exposed skin (including the hands, chest, and arms) and not just your face. Even if you aren’t spending a lot of time outdoors, your skin still gets exposed to the sun via your car windows, etc. Dr. Zenovia recommends keeping facial skin covered by wearing a hat, staying in the shade, and re-applying sunscreen every couple of hours.  

Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 combines the benefits of a light Vitamin C moisturizer with a mineral sunscreen for quick and easy application. Dr. Zenovia’s clinical-grade sunscreen contains Vitamin C-Ester that visibly helps even skin tone and texture while helping to protect collagen health and brighten the complexion. Additionally, transparent nano zinc-oxide offers 360-degree broad-spectrum mineral protection from harmful UV rays, free radical damage, and environmental stressors for radiant, even-toned skin.


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