The Healing Effects Of The Sun
We have all seen it happen at one time or another – we have a bad breakout and spend the day in the sun. Voila, all of sudden the next day, the skin seems a whole lot clearer.
This instant acne “cure” is not quite the saviour acne sufferers have been looking for though. It is true that the sun may help to clear the skin very quickly but it is not a long term solution.
The sun’s effective is cumulative over the long-term and it ends up harming the skin rather than saving it. Have you ever seen a picture of a sun worshiper in their sixties, etc?
The skin is very dry and wrinkled and almost takes on a very leathery look – that is because the sun’s rays penetrate into the lower layers of the skin, and there wreck havoc with the connective tissue.
Over time, the skin becomes weaker and less able to properly regenerate and the signs of aging begin to show.
Chances are that as you age, the acne will calm down but the sun damage has lasting effects – it simply is not worth it to do that to your skin.
In any event, aside from the damage, sun exposure has another unexpected consequence – the uptake of sebum production.
This, in turn, causes even more acne problems and so you go into the sun again and it all starts from scratch. Acne plus is born.
You may thus find that acne-free periods are fewer and further between. What can you do about it though? You can’t live in a box without any windows or light.
You can still enjoy the sun – just protect yourself. Wear clothes with a built in sun protection factor and cover up as much as possible – hats are essential.
If you have spent time outdoors, and have gotten a little burnt, be extra gentle to your skin – choose a cream cleanser or one that is very soothing. Skip the toner.
Avoid gel cleansers in this instance as they tend to be more drying than anything else. Keep some home help on hand – Aloe Vera has great skin-boosting properties and will assist in skin healing.