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Acne Medicines & Sun

Acne- Medicines And Sun Sensitivity

Some acne medicines can increase the sensitivity of skin to sun. When sensitivity to sun increases, it is risky to go out in the sun without applying sunscreen, for sunburns may result. Sun lamps should also be avoided. The following medicines increase sun sensitivity:

Isotretinoin- Sold as the brand Accutane, isotretinoin may make skin very sensitive to sun.

Topical Retinoids- Retinoids are used topically to treat acne. Retinoids increase sun sensitivity.

Salicylic Acid- Salicylic Acid is one of the most common ingredients in acne medicines. Salicylic Acid can increase the effect of sun on skin.

Antibiotics- Tetracycline and Doxycycline can increase the sun sensitivity of the skin. These antibiotics are taken orally to reduce acne infection.

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Acne & Sunshine

Despite the belief that acne gets cleared by sunshine, there is no scientific evidence to this. Excess sun can damage your skin rather than treating acne.

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