For those who struggle with breakouts like pustules, cysts and clogged pores, the traditional approach is to use various anti-bacterial and exfoliating products like salicylic acid serums, peels, cleansers and masks to clean the pores and improve the look of your skin. While these all are very effective, there is one product that most people miss out on during the important healing phase of blemishes that can make a huge impact in the quest for clearer and more even-toned skin. So what is it? Sunscreen. Let me explain.
Acne-prone skin types (like skin types #1, #2, #3, and #4) will generally shy away from sunscreen because traditionally, formulas feel too heavy on the skin and some can actually add to breakout activity. But did you know that NOT using SPF daily can make the post-breakout red and dark scars linger for even longer than they normally do? You see, the real problem with those who have acne is not so much the actual blemish because, unless it’s a cyst, most breakouts will heal up in 4-7 days but the discoloration from the blemish (made worse if you picked at it!) can linger for 1-2 months. Where sunscreen plays an important role for acne-prone skin types is in its ability to keep pigment cells calmed down so the fading process can begin.
Acne scars are the result of inflammation within the dermis layer of the skin that triggers pigment cells resulting in red or purple discoloration. When your skin is exposed to UV daylight (in spring, summer, fall and winter), this keeps pigment cells awake and active so a blemish scar has a harder time to fade. Wearing sunscreen (of course, always use a lightweight, non-pore clogging SPF like this one) will protect the damaged cells to properly heal, recover and fade so the skin can get even-toned much faster.
Find a sunscreen formula that is compatible with your skin type and I promise that your blemishes will be a thing of the past. (For an even quicker recovery, I recommend my clients to dab on Post-Breakout Fading Gel at night to encourage scarred cells to be removed.)
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