How fake tanning can lead to acne
5th May 2015
Acne is caused when the pores in the face and upper body overproduce sebum, an oily substance used to lubricate the skin. Whilst using fake tan products such as lotions and sprays can’t cause the long term condition of acne in someone that doesn’t already suffer from it, they can cause your skin to break out by clogging the pores, making skin oilier and introducing bacteria to the skin. Using the right products in the right way can help acne sufferers use fake tan confidently.
If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from the skin condition, fake tanning can sometimes help to hide a breakout. Using fake tan products can sometimes help you feel better about your appearance if your self confidence is being dented by acne. If you find that fake tan helps you feel better about your appearance, then it’s worth testing on a small area of your skin to see how it reacts.
Some fake tanners contain harsh chemicals, which can have the effect of irritating skin, making it oilier and causing breakouts by blocking pores. If you suffer from acne, make sure you use self-tan products that say they are oil and alcohol free. Also look out for ones that promise they are non-comedogenic (sometimes this will be labelled as non-acnegenic). This just means that the product won’t block pores, and this will help prevent whiteheads and blackheads. Unfortunately it’s often the more expensive, better quality fake tan that meet all these criteria.
Fake tan products work by reacting with dead skin cells. As you often find more dead cells around a pimple, fake tan can sometimes make acne look worse rather than help to hide it. You can help to prevent a patchy appearance caused by using fake tan on acne-covered skin by exfoliating before you apply it.
If your acne is just getting too much to handle, it’s worth looking for a treatment with long-term results rather than focusing on short-term cover up. Talk to a dermatologist to discuss your options.