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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