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#1 JamesD91

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 05:13 AM

Hi guys, i know many sources, including this site say that sun is bad for acne and that it causes too much irritation. However, tanning and sunlight is the only thing that has ever made my acne better and last summer when i was out in the sun alot and using tanning beds i was pretty much COMPLETELY clear. can anyone explain this?? However, my acne always starts to get worse after summer and by winter its quite bad again. Therefore i started taking accutane 3 weeks ago to try to rid myself of acne forever. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why i respond to the sun in the way?????????

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 07:55 AM

hmm... interesting...
the only reason that i could come up with is because of the Vitamin D the sunlight has to offer... could it be your body isn't geting enough??
...this is just a thought..

Edited by dragonfly21, 19 April 2011 - 07:56 AM.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:46 AM

Vitamin D is a hormone so that may be why. I have said that the sun is good for us (in moderation with no sunscreen) on here before but no one wanted to abandon their predispositions to what they have been programmed to believe.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:53 AM

yeah it could be to do with vitamin D, i don't know, can i take some sort of supplement of vitamin D? What can i do to increase vitamin D?

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:57 AM

QUOTE (JamesD91 @ Apr 19 2011, 09:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yeah it could be to do with vitamin D, i don't know, can i take some sort of supplement of vitamin D? What can i do to increase vitamin D?


well eat certain foods high in that-milk?.. or buy capsules... u should look into the benefits and side effects of pills before cosuming them tho...smile.gif

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 04:04 PM

I also found that sunlight was good for my acne. Not so much for my face, but my chest & back acne. It would clear up completely during a good summer.

It wasn't just the tan covering up the spots, it would actually stop any new breakouts. The acne would gradually return during the winter though.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 04:06 PM

5-15 minutes of sun exposure gets you plenty of vitamin D, and there's also supplements if you don't want to go that route. Going outside and getting fresh air in general is good for your health smile.gif Plus, it's free! lol.gif

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 04:25 PM

me too. summer = clearer. winter = not as clear lol.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 11:59 PM

Sun in my experience is a double edged sword. Back in high school, I went through a three month period where I spent 2 or more hours in the sun each day for soccer. It was the only three months I was clear since I've had acne, which has been since I was 15, I will now be 20 in August. Anyways, I always noticed that I was 100% clear during this time. A couple things that I notice is that 1) My skin shed more because I was getting sunburnt almost every other weekend. 2) I'm not completely sure but I think that UV rays kill bacteria. You might want to check that out.

But this was before I started using BP on a daily basis. A few months after losing my clear skin I decided I was going to try to tan to get rid of my acne because it worked before why wouldn't it now?
Well that was the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life, not only did the suns rays cause me to get hyperpigmentation, I am now the owner of scarring nodular acne. All the sun that I was soaking up literally thickened my skin making the Pimple clogs deeper. Instead of getting acne that is more towards the surface and superficial, I now get deep painful nodular acne, which hasn't responded to 5 months of the DKR regimen nor antibiotics. I can't afford accutane so I am left to deal with my skin the way it is until my body decides its ready. It is constantly red, and every pimple I get leaves a mark that usually take a year and a half to go away, but they do go away. Currently I have around 30 inflamed pimples, about 15 on each side of my chin and neck.

So just be warned, maybe I'm just a freak show but that is my story, take it or leave it.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 01:34 PM

First thing, just in case you won't read my entire post, more details are in it though.
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can i take some sort of supplement of vitamin D? What can i do to increase vitamin D?

DO NOT DO THIS, EVER, in fact just forget vitamin D exists your better off.

The Sun/UV light rapes pimples and dries them out faster than just about anything. It also MURDERS acne causing bacteria. So it fights/prevents at the same time. It also can increase dry&irritated skin that can increase breakouts - so make sure thats not happening. A tanning session helps me so much when I have a breakout - you just gotta judge if its worth skin cancer or not haha exclamation.gif The best dermo I ever had who I'm surprised is still in business, told me about a lot of things that actually help acne but people generally aren't responsible enough to safety advise for. He told me partially because he understood my level of commitment to skincare, and partially because he knew I was already doing them and wouldn't stop. Popping was one of the most controversial, and Tanning was another - though he only said tanning helps acne - he explicitly said the risk of skin cancer is far too great and tried to scare me by telling me how many times he found melanoma on frequent tanners - a number high enough to scare me, I stopped... for like a year hah. saywhat.gif

&IF your going to use a tanning bed not that I encourage it or anything ;] 4 words for you... High pressure face lamp... make sure the bed you use has one, and even consider turning the body lights off or cover up to cut down exposure - if your just tanning for acne no point to incur unnecessary risk. Some people say its addicting? I hate it, and never go - I only go when I have a breakout bad enough to motivate me so IDK about this one. & Not to be rude but don't go take any extra vitamin D, really bad idea all around, Its a hormone, hormonal imbalances negatively effect acne, you want your hormones balanced, and you don't have a vitamin D deficiency as its a much more serious problem than acne, its a disease called rickets that trust me, you'd know if you had it. Therefore chances are your perfectly balanced. Again DON'T TAKE EXTRA VITAMIN D, you get enough from UV light/food if you weren't you'd know. But don't be scared of vitamin D in milk and stuff, just don't go supplement and take extra - like I said your better off forgetting about it VD handles itself naturally.

Edited by Acne Security, 20 April 2011 - 03:25 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

As an esthetician I will tell you that the sun does not help acne but makes it worse. Tanning also falls in with that as well. Yes tanning will decrease the color of the breakout but will also suck out all the moisture and oil in your skin which you do need. Not only are you stripping your skin of much needed moisture, you are also allowing pre-mature aging to occur from the free radicals produced by your tanning bed and the sun. Acne is mostly genetic and is characterized by "retention hyperkeratosis" which means your dead skin cells shed more quickly than the pore can expel them. Add excess dry skin from the sun and tanning beds, you're just making it worse, especially in the winter time, when your skin is dryer. AND, especially if you are not using the correct skin care products to treat your skin type and grade of acne and not exfoliating, all you're doing is masking it and allowing for more clogged pores. My suggestion, find out what type of acne you do have and treat it with anti-boitics (mandelic acid and benzoyl peroxide work awesome), vitamin a and make sure you're applying sun block.


Edited by kellymmv, 27 January 2013 - 07:53 PM.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

As a 30 year old who has had acne since 18, the only thing that has "cured" my acne is exposure to sunlight on a daily basis. When I had summer jobs outside, I never had acne. Vitamin D supplements do nothing for me.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:47 AM

thank vitamin d imo



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:49 AM

Tanning only helps when it is moderated. If you do it too much, then you won't see any positive results.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:50 AM

In my experience the sun does indeed help. I think people just don't like it because it makes hyperpigmentation darker.. but I think the benefits really outweigh that.



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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:13 AM

What about this  ? Is this related to "sun" , "vitamin D" .



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:05 PM

Same for me, only time I have been clear is when I was getting tanned, and another time when I was on vacation and got a lot of sunlight every day (in Greece). But even in such situation, I needed good sleep. But both together had made me 100% clear.

 

I have pictures from then, it's unbelievable how much I miss having such clear skin, looks like a different person:(


Edited by Chocobot, 19 May 2013 - 08:06 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:31 AM

its vitamin D that has likely helped u.

for an optimum level of vitmain D - all u need is 10-15 minutes of sun exposure that too not necessarily on ur face.

tanning or sun exposure for too long not only increases the chances of skin cancer(blame the ozone hole),it also cause rise in the melanin level.

which initially and partially hides the blemishes u have..(i am aware because when i got all dark - not because of the sun but for accutane dryness) but they actually also make the marks/pih dark which takes longer to fade.

u must also remember that using acne medication whether orally or topically makes u sunlight sensitive.

u dont wanna get burnt,do u?

 

i dont suggest a supplement unless ur body is completely incapable of using the sunlight to form vit D within,which i think is not ur case - for u say sunlight(supposedly) cleared u.

so get some sun on ur body(may be) for 10-15 minutes daily,keep ur windows/doors open and let the lights in.

 

luck.



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:50 AM

can any one told me how can i do for my skin because my skin is so oily .



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 12:32 PM

can any one told me how can i do for my skin because my skin is so oily .

u can do a few things(at least give it a try) to lessen oiliness.

but for that kindly start a new thread..

this, i believe , is a seperate topic.

also,kindly see if ur signature is appropriate in accordance to the board rules(http://acne.org/mess...ing/#entry64925)