The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and your skin is clearing up. The best summer acne treatments must be the weather, right?
Wrong. It’s a common myth that your acne breakouts subside during the summer months. Lying out in the sun or a tanning bed may seem like effective summer acne treatments, but in reality they’re not actually gone — they’re just temporarily hidden. Eventually the skin will become discolored and peppered with acne again.
In fact, tanning can actually cause more breakouts because the sun causes thickening of the skin, which promotes pore clogging. While you may think you’re sporting a clear complexion, typically this only lasts 2-3 weeks. If you’re already using over-the-counter summer acne skin treatments, many have active ingredients that cause sun sensitivity, leading to sunburns and skin damage.
Summer Acne Treatments: Start with SPF
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the sebaceous gland present in the skin. It includes things like black heads, white heads, and papules (one stage before puss formation). In severe cases, there are cysts and abscesses that can lead to scarring if not treated properly.
We know you probably want to spend all of your free time at Kits Beach this summer, so to avoid aggravating the problem, summer acne treatments begin with choosing the right sunscreen. When you use chemical SPF’s, you will just blocks the rays. Not only that, you are putting harmful chemicals in and on your skin. Can’t be good for you.
That’s why you should always choose physical sunscreen over chemical SPF. Physical sunscreen acts like a barrier on the skin to not just block the harmful rays, but to keep the skin cool. It does this by reflecting the heat while keeping the moisture in. For example, if you picked up a rock that was in the sun and looked behind it, it would most likely be damp and cool. It’s the same way physical sunscreen works; since minerals are just crushed rock into powder, it’s the same kind of barrier.
We carry physical sunscreen in our Osmosis skincare line. You can also find it in all of the Colorescience products, a mineral make-up collection. If you’re looking for a higher SPF, some items from the Sunforgettable line contain SPF 50.
Can You Eliminate Acne For Good?
If you’re looking to get rid of the acne once and for all, at Urban Body Laser we have effective and pain-free methods. We use Sciton BBL Blue Light to treat the heart of the problem: the bacteria that cause the acne in the first place.
Believe it or not, the sun spectrum of Blue light is the same as what we treat people! Our medical estheticians customize each treatment based on your needs, controlling time, strength, and temperature to naturally eliminate breakouts without the harmful effects of UV rays. Painless yet effective, the Blue Light destroys the bacteria that causes acne and allows faster healing of the skin. Typically, summer acne treatments are treated once a week over the course of the month in combination with the home care skin products specially formulated to help balance the skin and heal acne.
If you suffer from acne scarring and discolouration, we can also treat this by using a different colour from the spectrum of light. For scarring, this is treated once a month for a minimum of five months. If the scarring is particularly deep, we may also combine this with Dermal Rolling.
We know how important it is to have skin you’re proud of, so no matter how light or severe your acne breakouts are, we’re here to help. For more information on summer acne treatments: