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Sun Exposure

The sun is not the enemy. In fact, our bodies make vitamin D, a vital nutrient, primarily through sun exposure. However, getting too much sun damages and irritates the skin, and can bite back with acne in the weeks following sunburn. This is why it is important to properly protect your skin from the sun

The darker your skin, the more sun exposure you need to maintain adequate vitamin D levels, and the less likely you are to get sunburnt and suffer acne as a consequence of the damage a sunburn afflicts. People with the darkest skin tones can need two hours or more of unprotected sun exposure per day to get the vitamin D they need. However, for people with light skin, try to keep unprotected exposure exposure to about 20 minutes per day.
 

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Sun Exposure Does the Sun Help or Hurt Acne? Getting some sun helps the body produce vitamin D, which might help reduce acne. Also, light therapy treatments work to some degree for acne, which leads us to believe that the sun might also offer some benefits. However, direct research is limited and conflicting, and we simply do not yet know. May 27, 2020
Sun Exposure Does Vitamin D Help Treat Acne? While we do not yet know exactly how or to what degree vitamin D levels in the body affect acne, we do know that vitamin D plays a role in killing bacteria, reducing inflammation, helping to heal wounds, and regulating cell development, all of which could help reduce acne. May 25, 2020
Sun Exposure What's the Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays? UVA rays penetrate more deeply and are the ray primarily responsible for tanning of the skin. UVB rays penetrate less deeply and are primarily responsible for sunburn. Both UVA and UVB ray can lead to skin damage and cancer, so use an SPF 15 or above sunscreen that is "broad spectrum." April 27, 2020
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