Why is sunlight not recommended as a form of acne treatment?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Sunlight is not recommended as a form of acne treatment. Not only can the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays irritate your skin and cause sunburn, but it can worsen your acne. Direct sunlight or ultraviolet light may make your skin feel warm, but this is not an effective acne treatment. In fact, over time, sunlight ages the skin and increases your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Also, some acne medications and facial treatments can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, causing it to burn quickly. Protect your skin from sun exposure. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and stay inside during peak periods of the sun (from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing as added measures to protect your skin from the sun.

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