Should You Apply Self-Tanner on Acne-Prone Skin?
If you want a glowy-looking tan but don’t actually want to bake in the sun’s harmful UV rays, self-tanner should probably be your BFF. However, those with acne-prone skin types might think twice before applying it on their faces. To find out if self-tanner can make you break out, we consulted with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a NYC-based board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert.
Can Self-Tanner Cause Breakouts?
According to Dr. Frank, certain self-tanners can break you out. “Some self-tanners contain preservatives and fragrances, which can cause the skin to break out,” he says. “Self-tanners can also contribute to a buildup of bacteria, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts.” If you think your self-tanner is causing breakouts, stop using the product for one to two weeks to see if your acne clears up on its own.
How to Apply Self-Tanner on Acne-Prone Skin
First, look at the state of your skin. “If you’re experiencing a breakout, it’s best to avoid the self-tanner for now,” says Dr. Frank. “When things calm down, though, you can look to a self-tanning product that encourages hydration and is non-comedogenic.” One of our favorite hydrating and non-comedogenic self-tanning products is the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Drops for Face. These fragrance-free, hyaluronic acid-infused facial drops can be mixed into your favorite moisturizer for a radiant glow sans breakouts.
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