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Does direct sunlight make acne worse or better?

Does direct sunlight make acne worse or better?

Better, but marginal: Simply exposing oneself to light should make acne better, however, due to the long time necessary to see a result makes this a poor method, especially with the risks of increased sun exposure (skin cancers, premature aging etc.) topical medications, oral medications, as well as special light therapy done by a dermatologist are all proven to work for acne with much better safety profiles. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Is direct sunlight going to make acne worse or better? I'm a lifeguard the next 2 months.

Is direct sunlight going to make acne worse or better?  I'm a lifeguard the next 2 months.

Better, but marginal: Simply exposing oneself to light should make acne better, however, due to the long time necessary to see a result makes this a poor method, especially with the risks of increased sun exposure (skin cancers, premature aging etc.) topical medications, oral medications, as well as special light therapy done by a dermatologist are all proven to work for acne with much better safety profiles. ...Read more

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Is sunlight good for acne/pimples?

Is sunlight good for acne/pimples?

Maybe a little: You are asking the wrong question. You're using antifungal for some reason, you've designated chapped lips by a medical term, and you're evidently not being treated scientifically for common acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician and demand a trial of prescription-strength Rx or take yourself to someone who'll provide it. ...Read more

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I hv acne, i used deriva for 3 weeks.I had to expose to sunlight for 5 days with out suns cream .Nw m black.Bt i didn't stop using the cream, ?

I hv acne, i used deriva for 3 weeks.I had to expose to sunlight for 5 days with out suns cream .Nw m black.Bt i didn't stop using the cream, ?

Side Effect of Med: Deriva will make your skin extra sensitive to the sun, this means that you should always use sunscreen and limit sun exposure. The first few weeks of use as your skin is adjusting to the treatment you will experience dryness, flaking, scaling, redness and irritation. You may have to use a prescription bleaching to lighten your skin. ...Read more

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Can sunlight damage acne? Also will it cause the acne to discolor or get a scar if exposed to sunlight moderately?

Can sunlight damage acne? Also will it cause the acne to discolor or get a scar if exposed to sunlight moderately?

Yes: Especially if you are using retinoids or any by mouth antibiotic or Accutane for it. Sunprotection with sunblock applied several times a day and protective hats are very important. ...Read more

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How much sunlight exposure a day is actually healthy without applying sunscreen? Have vitamin d deficiency and acne.. Use SPF 30 moisturizer everyday.

How much sunlight exposure a day is actually healthy without applying sunscreen? Have vitamin d deficiency and acne.. Use SPF 30 moisturizer everyday.

The CDC (Center for: Disease control) indicates 'unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's uv rays in as little as 15 minutes (esp. From 10am-4pm). Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.' spf30 is good and take vitamin d supplementation as directed by your physician based on your specific deficiency. Best regards for a sunny but protected future. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesto treat acne f-a-s-t!?

What are good home remediesto treat acne f-a-s-t!?

Acne: Washing your face twice a day gently with warm water and a mild cleanser like dove soap can help. Over the counter creams or soap with benzoyl peroxide can also help a great deal. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more