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You’ve heard it time and time again. Wear sunscreen any time you head outdoors. While there’s no denying its benefits, when you’re dealing with blemishes, the last thing you want is a sunscreen that makes your complexion worse. Sunscreens made with oils and lanolins can clog your pores and lead to breakouts, but these types of ingredients aren’t found in DERMAdoctor Body Guard Sunscreen. In fact, this skin care line is said to have “sebum sequestering micro-particles.” This may sound like a lot of phooey, but there’s some truth to the claim.
DERMAdoctor Body Guard Sunscreen contains something known as butyloctyl salicylate. If this particular ingredient doesn’t ring any bells for you, you’re probably not alone. Butyloctyl salicylate is a salt of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an important ingredient in many over-the-counter acne lotions, largely due to its knack for drying excess oil. Excess oil can cause dead skin cells to stick together and clog your pores, so having these oil-reducing salts in your sunscreen may go a long way to improve your complexion.
Exposing your skin to UV rays, especially for a long period of time, may give you what appears to be a healthy, sun-kissed glow, but it can also lead to skin irritation. Skin irritation can make your acne much worse -- which should come as no surprise. Plus, many of the acne medications used today are quite sensitive to UV light, greatly increasing your chances of sunburn. In a roundabout sort of way, these benefits make DERMAdoctor Body Guard Sunscreen an even better choice for your acne.
Besides drying excess oil and protecting your skin from the sun, DERMAdoctor Body Guard Sunscreen is noncomedogenic. If you’re at all familiar with this term, you already know that it’s a must when it comes to skin care products. None of the ingredients in this sunscreen are known to clog your pores and lead to additional breakouts.
DERMAdoctor Body Guard Sunscreen isn’t always enough to treat a breakout. This is especially true for moderate to severe acne. The active ingredients aren’t really able to get deep into the skin to be of benefit. You’re often better off talking to your dermatologist about other options. Prescription acne creams, for example, contain potent ingredients that not only dry excess oil but also promote cell turnover, kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and actually unclog your pores. Tretinoin is by far the most popular, but adapalene, tazarotene and dapsone can be beneficial as well.