Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
Is it possible to protect myself from the sun this summer while still keeping my acne under control?
Sunscreens are hardly the
only cause of acne in the hot months (breakouts are caused by bacteria, which
are more prevalent in the summer), but lots of suntan lotions aggravate acne
because they’re oily. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the sunscreen -- or
that you need to settle for pimply UV protection.
There are other options for keeping skin clear and safe from the sun’s harmful rays this summer, such as
facial cleansers that include a mild sunscreen. They’re not great for more than
thirty minutes in the sun but work for everyday exposure.
Or you can also wash your
face with an acne-preventing cleanser and follow that with a regular sunscreen
-- and no, it doesn’t have to be a special one for faces. If normal sunscreens
do tend to break you out, look for one with zinc oxide, for sensitive skin.
Whatever brand or type you
use, don’t forget to wash your face before you go to bed -- you don’t want the
sunscreen on your face overnight, since that could really aggravate your condition.