Can Self-Tanning Products Make Your Acne Worse?

What You Need to Know About Acne and Self-Tanning Products

If you suffer from acne, you are probably wondering if you can still use self-tanning products. During this time of year, many people desire a bronze look, and they use self-tanning products to achieve that. If you suffer from acne, you need to understand some things before you go running out and buying the latest self-tanner.

Self-Tanning Products Aren’t a Cure for Acne

It’s certainly the time of year when it is desirable to have a tan, but if you suffer from acne sometimes using self-tanning products is not always a good choice. Many acne sufferers mistakenly believe that a tan will “cure” their acne. To clarify the point, if you suffer from acne, getting a tan is not treatment for your acne.

A tan will not cause your acne to magically disappear. It may appear to have gone away because of the hue of the tan, but most likely the acne is still on the skin. The inflammation that occurs when tanning can also mask the acne during the summer months.

What Works?

If you suffer from severe acne, such as cysts or nodules, then you probably shouldn’t use a self-tanner at all. If you only get a few pimples from time to time, you can probably use light self-tanning products without increasing your acne breakouts.

The creamy texture of some self-tanning products can clog your pores. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t use any self-tanners at all. Spray on tanning products are a better choice than cream or gel-based tanners. Whatever self-tanning product you use, make sure it is lightweight and does not have any oil base at all.

Of course, if you notice an increase in blemishes when you start using a self-tanner, stop using the product right away and try a lighter one. Since everyone’s skin is different, a self-tanner that works great for one person may aggravate acne in another.

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