I had a friend who insisted that sun exposure cleared up her summer breakouts. I was always skeptical of her claim but thought who's to judge. After a day at the beach her skin looked clearer and she had less acne- it seemed to work. It wasn't until the following summer that I realized my friend's miracle acne treatment wasn't from sun exposure but more likely from the sunscreen she was using.
A Miracle Acne Treatment- Sunscreen
While I knew sun exposure wasn't the cure for acne I also wasn't convinced that sunscreen would be the solution either. Just do a quick google search and you'll find endless pages of articles and listicles about sunscreens that won't cause breakouts but none that say sunscreen can clear up breakouts. What you will notice in just about every article is that the recommended sunscreens all contain zinc oxide.
Zinc, The Zit Zapper
Zinc oxide is one of two minerals used to block UV rays in commercial sunscreens. It is also a popular and effective ingredients for calming skin inflammation and redness. Zinc and variants of zinc have been used to treat a range of maladies including eczema, herpes, acne, dandruff, and many others. It has also been concluded that people with low levels of zinc in their bodies were more likely to have more severe acne and lesions.
So while, soaking in those UV rays is definitely not an acne treatment, neither is sunscreen specifically. It's more likely that one of mineral sunscreen's active ingredients, zinc oxide, is what's doing the trick
Zinc Based Skincare
While it may seem like zinc is the secret ingredient you've been looking for, I don't recommend coating yourself in it to keep zits at bay. Rather look to skincare products that use zinc alongside other healthy skin promoting ingredients. Alder New York's Clarifying Face Mask is a great blemish buster because of its inflammation and skin calming formula of zinc oxide, sulphur mud, activated charcoal, and willow bark extracts. You can also look to Alder New York's pH-balancing and gently exfoliating, Everyday Face Cleanser. However, the best solution for treating acne is the advice of a qualified dermatologist who can help you determine what's causing your breakouts and what works best for you.
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