13 June 2019
Acne in the summer: is it getting better or worse?
In summer, your acne seems to magically go down. Indeed, you are likely to notice less redness and a clearer skin complexion: why shouldn’t you believe what your eyes can see? Though, it appears that those improvements are only the calm before the storm and that, in the long run, the sun is not a treatment for acne but rather one of the causes.
Acne and the Sun: what is truly happening
People believe that the sun acts like a treatment on acne however it does quite the opposite. It gives the impression it helps acne because the sun dries out the skin leaving a clearer complexion for a greasier skin type & dries out spots however this stimulates the sebum production as the skin thinks it’s lacking in moisture and works to naturally repair itself by over stimulating the sebum production. You can see now the sun and acne are definitely not a good match!
Acne is a condition that requires constant protection from the sun and that’s why BIODERMA have created the perfect solution: Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30. This daily sunscreen provides full sun protection against UVA & UVB while also caring for and treating acne. Thanks to BIODERMA’s FluidactivTM Patent BIODERMA regulates the quality and the quantity of sebum produced. This product’s light non-tinted texture spreads easily and has mattifying properties so it’s not greasy after applying. It’s the perfect treatment for acne prone skins.
The causes of Acne
Acne usually begins in puberty: approximately 80%* of adolescents are affected. Testosterone is the hormone that is mainly responsible for the over production of sebum, this over production becomes oxidised, clogging the pores and blackheads start to develop. This unbalance leads to breakouts and that’s why you should have an adapted skin care routine during the whole year as well.
There are two types of ‘breakouts’. The first is named ‘comedonal’, which are milder blackheads and microcysts. The second one is ‘inflammatory’ which appears as red and white spots, papules, pustules and cysts.
The rebound effect
As we all know there are many benefits to the Sun and many risks too, it helps to lift our moods and can be used to treat some Atopic Dermatitis conditions, however this is not the case when it comes to Acne. We already know the sun and Acne are definitely not a good match and that’s because the sun has a ‘rebound’ effect on Acne. Let us explain! During sun exposure UV rays cause the skin to dry out this quickly leads to hyperproliferation of the keratinocytes which means it leads to the thickening of the epidermis. This natural process of the skin causes clogging of the pores: they become blocked and it leads to breakouts. This is the rebound effect! Well you know what causes your acne during summer, let’s see how you can treat it…
BIODERMA’s Solution: how to prevent breakouts
Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30 was developed as a solution to this rebound effect. With a combination of UVA and UVB filters, this specific sun care protects against the sun, and like other sun protection products, it is recommended to be reapplied every two hours. The absorbing powders work to mattify the skin and with Citric Acid and Gylcolic Acid present in the product it refines the skin texture, clears pores and prevents the rebound effect. If you’ve been looking for a treatment for acne for this summer, Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30 is a must to try! The Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30 is suitable for Acne-prone skins and is safe to use for skins that are sensitive and suffering with oiliness and blemishes. It can be applied on the face and body.
That said, now that you understand why and how to treat your acne-prone skin when it is exposed to the sun, don’t be afraid to enjoy your summer outside! Indeed, the sun has many positive effects on our health, if we are careful enough to protect us from its risks. If you would like to learn more about the Sun benefits, its UV Rays and how to protect against the sun for your phototype here is a link to last month’s article…
Jane, skin expert
*Source: Acne, Symptoms and diagnosis – HSE https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/acne/acne-symptoms-and-diagnosis.html