Why breakout-prone skin needs protection
We explain why SPF moisturizer is important for acne and oily skin.
Sun exposure, pollution, makeup, and dehydration can worsen the appearance of acne breakouts, oily skin, and acne scars. Here's why:
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UV raysUV rays strip the skin of moisture and lead to an overproduction of oil, making the skin even oilier. The sun's UVB rays also cause sunburn and exfoliation, resulting in excess dead skin cells. Excess oil and dead skin cells are two of the main factors that contribute to acne. Together, they clog the follicles (pores) and increase the likelihood of a breakout.
If you have acne scars, UV rays can make them darker and more noticeable because scar tissue is very sensitive to sunlight. By darkening, the skin protects itself from further damage.
PollutionAir pollution also leads to skin dehydration and excessive oil production, as well as inflammation, which exacerbates existing acne. Studies show that oily skin and acne increase with pollution, and that the effects of pollution can be exacerbated by UV exposure.
Going to bed with makeup on or overdoing makeup from the day before contributes to acne cosmetica, which is acne caused by wearing makeup. Telltale signs of acne cosmetica include lots of little bumps (whiteheads) on your cheeks, chin, lips, or forehead.
DehydrationDehydration of the skin is not only caused by UV rays and pollution, but also by lifestyle habits such as excessive exfoliation and hot showers. These habits can affect the skin's natural protective layer, which is responsible for keeping moisture in the skin.
To protect your skin from all of these factors, apply a mattifying moisturizer with SPF like Clearing Defense SPF 30 every day. Clearing Defense SPF 30 provides a long-lasting matte complexion, counteracts the drying effects of environmental pollution, and prevents oily makeup from clogging pores. Best of all, it washes off easily with a Dermalogica Double Cleanse and keeps pores unclogged. Be sure to cleanse and moisturize your skin regularly to reduce the risk of excess oil and acne.