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vacation in the sun and accutane

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is it okay to go to a warm/hot place on vacation while on accutane? if you put like strong sunscreen on your skin can you tan a little?

Yes, you can. I am so used to tanning with a bunch of oil and NO sunscreen when I'm not on accutane. It's terrible, but I never sunburn. On accutane I have to put SPF 45 on or else I notice I get red. The sunburns go away though, and they fade into a tan. I'd never gotten a sunburn until I went on accutane and when I did I was like "What is this!"

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I went camping on accutane and the temperature happened to be 30 Celsius. My nose peeled so bad it was so embarrassing mostly cause it was trip with my classmates. Anyways my nose was peeled and looked horrible for about a month after the trip. I wore sunscreen but accutane is one powerful drug! live and learn

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If you must tan, bring a sunscreen with a high SPF. You should apply extra during the peak hours of the day. Take caution, but more importantly, have a great vacation.
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Deliberately tanning while on accutane seems like a terrible idea. Incidental tanning during outdoor activities can't be totally avoided, but still isn't good.

I got a lot of sun exposure while on accutane because I surfed every day --- BUT I made sure I only surfed in the early, early morning hours and I wore massive sunblock and it was the winter. And my dermatologist (who also surfs) still yellled at me and said that's why I had red lobster skin during the accutane. I told him I disagreed, because I always surf and my skin tans, not burns.

Then he told me that it doesn't matter if my skin has never burned before-- accutane changes your skin while you're on it. In hindsight, I think he was right; I think the incredibly unattractive red lobster face I constantly had while on accutane was due in large part to the sun exposure.

I also think I got a lot more sun spots -- which have never faded -- during those five months i was on accutane than I had ever had gotten cummulatively during ten years of prior surfing. And sun spots (aka age spots) are totally not attractive. You will not be stoked when you're 35 and have sun spots on your skin that most people only get after the age of 60. :(

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is it okay to go to a warm/hot place on vacation while on accutane? if you put like strong sunscreen on your skin can you tan a little?

I live in Hawaii where it's hard to avoid the sun... My advice is to get yourself a long-sleeved rash guard & a good SPF-rated wide brimmed hat. I couldn't survive without my protective sun barriers... I also have an SPF-rated umbrella that I carry with me when I know I'll be walking around a lot (at the zoo, etc). When I go to the beach, I always take my SPF-rated beach umbrella so I can chill out in the shade. Most importantly, I never hit the water without my long-sleeved rash guard & tons of sunscreen re-applied constantly. Get yourself a rash guard & wear it religiously. You see tourists who look like lobsters all the time out here. They just don't realize how strong the sun is... and sunscreen, unfortunately, doesn't always cut it. The best protection is a physical barrier, so get yourself one. :)

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is it okay to go to a warm/hot place on vacation while on accutane? if you put like strong sunscreen on your skin can you tan a little?

I live in Hawaii where it's hard to avoid the sun... My advice is to get yourself a long-sleeved rash guard & a good SPF-rated wide brimmed hat. I couldn't survive without my protective sun barriers... I also have an SPF-rated umbrella that I carry with me when I know I'll be walking around a lot (at the zoo, etc). When I go to the beach, I always take my SPF-rated beach umbrella so I can chill out in the shade. Most importantly, I never hit the water without my long-sleeved rash guard & tons of sunscreen re-applied constantly. Get yourself a rash guard & wear it religiously. You see tourists who look like lobsters all the time out here. They just don't realize how strong the sun is... and sunscreen, unfortunately, doesn't always cut it. The best protection is a physical barrier, so get yourself one. :)

That's great advice, thanks. (We want to plan a trip to a sun-filled paradise sometime soon).

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