10-20 minutes per day of sun exposure for people with lighter skin and 20-30 minutes per day for people with darker skin may actually prove beneficial for acne symptoms. However, over-exposure to the sun will damage the skin. This irritation can result in breakouts in the weeks following over-exposure as the skin reacts to that damage
If you notice a breakout seemingly coming out of nowhere, especially in the summer months, ask yourself if you got sunburnt about two weeks ago. That may be the cause. To put it succinctly, don’t be afraid of the sun but try not to get burnt.
A good sunscreen can help prevent sunburn, but finding a safe and protective sunscreen can be challenging. Here’s some information to help you choose wisely.