If You Have Acne, Sunless Tanners May Not Be Your Friend

Can Sunless Tanners Cause Acne?

Summer's right around the corner and those of us who want to "fake bake" in preparation for our warmer weather wardrobes are looking into the sunless tanners on the market. The problem is that those of us who suffer from acne can't just pick any tanner off the shelf. Why? Because sunless tanners may cause acne breakouts. Here's what you need to know...

What the AAD Says

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that sunless tanners are safe for acne-prone skin. Their reasoning is that the active ingredients in these products is dihydroxyacetone, which doesn't cause acne breakouts. But there's a problem with this logic.

What Else Is In The Mix?

It may be true that the active ingredients in sunless tannes don't cause acne. But what about all of the other ingredients. Some sunless tanners ccontain oil and other pore-clogging ingredients. If your skin is prone to acne, these should be avoided.

What to Look For

If you suffer from acne breakouts but you want a sunless tanner that is non comedogenic, look closely at the ingredients. If you find any signs of oil or other pore-clogging culprits, put the product down and try another.

There are definitely a few good sunless tanners out there for acne-prone skin. L-Oreal's Sublime, Bath & Body Works sunless tanner and Sephora's Glow Fusion have all been reported to work great on acne-prone skin.

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