Did you know that sunscreen forms an important part in the management of acne? UV radiation from sun-exposure can increase the skin’s sensitivity to acne medications including Vitamin A creams and tablets. Additionally exfoliating chemical peels such as AHA or glycolic acid peels can thin the upper layers of the skin, and make patients more prone to sunburn.

Sun exposure can also darken acne scars, especially in Asian and dark skin types- an event referred to as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is especially important given the high UV index of Brisbane, and Queensland in general. Specialists at the Acne Clinic recommend Anthelios by La Roche Posay as the sunscreen of choice. Remember to apply twice a day.

Dr Davin S. Lim
Brisbane Specialist Acne Clinic
Westside Laser Dermatology