Some acne sufferers believe that their skin is better in the summer.
Now this ‘urban myth’ is backed by scientific evidence. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has shown that acne symptoms tended to clear up in the summer months, so more patients presented as clear or almost clear. However, the research also showed that a greater number of sufferers found that things get worse in the winter, so that the winter season saw the highest proportion of patients with moderate or severe acne.
The study suggested that the seasonal warmth and exposure to daylight are beneficial to the skin while the winter temperatures and comparative lack of daylight are less beneficial.
Sunbathing for Acne?
While this study suggests that acne is improved in the summer months, experts are keen to stress that acne sufferers should be cautious about viewing sun exposure as a treatment for acne.
Over exposure to the sun can not only irritate the skin but also expose it to a range of other issues from premature ageing to an increased risk of skin cancer.
Wearing a good sunscreen is vital to protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Acne sufferers may need to choose formulations for sensitive skin, but it should always be worn.
Other Acne Treatments
For patients who struggle with acne, the latest skin technology now offers some potentially helpful treatments. Dr John Quinn, founder of Quinn Clinics in Bristol, offers a consultation which includes a review of the skin and diagnosis before recommending the best way forward.
IPL treatment: Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment can be effective by working on the bacteria that cause acne as well as promoting healing
Laser treatment: Laser energy can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing and healthier skin
Dermaroller micro-needling: The creation of mini ‘wounds’ boosts the skin’s own regeneration, promoting healing
Cosmeceutical skincare: Daily use of advanced products with active ingredients can help the skin over a longer period
About Quinn Clinics
Advanced Skin Treatment Clinic, Bristol
Quinn Clinics based in Bristol, was established in 2006 and offers a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments. As well as anti-ageing injections, the clinic can offer the latest laser technology including IPL laser and CO2 fractional laser and the new M22 multiple skin technology platform (IPL, ResurFX™ – fractional non-ablative, ND:YAG).
Dr Quinn is a qualified aesthetic doctor with specific expertise in dermal fillers and BOTOX®, based at his own clinic, Quinn Clinics in Redland, Bristol.