If you have been getting more tanned just to hide your acne scars, you might want to stop that- ASAP.
Getting a darker skin tone might sound like an effective way to camouflage your blemishes, but it doesn’t really do anything good to your skin. In fact, it can make things a lot worse.
You see, when you expose yourself to the sun without wearing sunscreen, the rest of your skin gets darker to the point that your acne scars become barely noticeable. However, after a few days or weeks, your skin will go back to its normal color but there’s a good chance your scars won’t.
They can even get darker which, in turn, can make them harder to conceal.
In addition to that, the sun’s rays can dry out your skin, making you a lot vulnerable to more skin breakouts. There’s a good chance you’ll be at risk for skin cancer, too.
When choosing and using a sunscreen, it’s not enough that you settle for just any product. Since your skin type is more sensitive to heavier and occlusive ingredients, you have to be careful on what you put on your skin.
Body sunscreens, for example, should never be used on your face. They are too heavy which can occlude your pores.
To know more about how sunscreens can affect your acne-prone skin and the other sneaky causes of acne, check out the infographic above.
Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.