Even though tan has the ability to hide different skin problems caused by acne (discoloration, comedones, blackheads, breakouts), it can’t clear your acne.
However there is also a widespread thought that tan can cure acne. The question is whether it is really the truth?
Many of us can’t imagine their summer without lying out in the sun, trying to get such a popular golden tan. Besides, our tanning salons allow us to keep this fabulous golden tan during the whole year.
It is known, that sometimes skin injures are the result of sun activity. This leads to deallocation of free oxygen radicals. Next step is melanin pigment absorbs free radicals and gain brown color. That’s how it saves your skin from DNA injures.
So to make it clear, UV-A radiation leads to changes in skin color and long-lasting skin injures.
There is also another type of sun radiation – UV-B rays. Produced by sunlight, it causes instant skin injures. Even though it doesn’t leads to the immediate change of skin color, it activates the process of melanin production.
How does tanning worsen your comedonal acne?
Nowadays, many of us already aware of the fact that tanning doesn’t consider being safe or healthy. Even though tan has ability temporarily hide different skin problems caused by acne (discoloration, comedones, blackheads, breakouts), it can’t clear your acne. Moreover, heat and humidity influence sebaceous glands and thus you skin is at risk to become oilier and develop more comedonal acne (whiteheads and blackheads) and clogged pores. You may wonder why it should be a problem. Well, probably because more oil means more comedones and breakouts.
To make matter worse, it is known that many products for acne treatment cause photosensitivity. This means that your skin becomes more sensitive to the influence of ultraviolet rays (sunlight, light from tanning beds). So you are in danger to get skin injures, hard sunburns, skin aging and the worst skin cancer.
The truth of Tanning Bed and Comedones
American Academy of Dermatology claimed it wasn’t scientifically proved that tanning beds can lead to acne reduce. Moreover, they say that Tanning beds can actually be the reason of skin cancer.
According to the Nemours Foundation, tan can temporarily darken your skin and thus hide acne. But the truth is it can’t cure the acne.
The usage of sunscreen
The known fact is we should always have sunscreen during tanning. But what is important, this sunscreen should be oil-free. Due to the researches, oil sunscreens can cause pores blocking and further comedonal acne formation. So the best solution is noncomedogenic sunscreens, they can be applied in the tanning booth and worn during the whole day. Noncomedogenic sunscreens don’t cause pores clogging or blackheads and whiteheads appearance.
The compatibility of acne treatment and tanning
According to the Nemours Foundation, in case you have acne or in process of acne treatment, you shouldn’t use tanning booths. Anti-acne medications (antibiotics, tretinoin) are applied to make your skin clean. But they also make it more sensitive to UV rays. You may be in danger of getting skin peeling and redness thus please mind information above.
What about bacteria?
Have you heard about bacteria in the tanning booth? It was proved by the experts at the Johns Hopkins University that there are lots of bacteria in tanning salons, because they are used by many different people every day. And the problem is bacteria may lead to acne appearance or infection of non-inflamed comedones, in case of skin contact.