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Several people have written to AcneNet to ask the following question:

Is it okay to get a spray-on tan while being treated for acne?

If you like the look of a tan, dermatologists recommend using a self-tanning product. Here are some tips to help you choose a self-tanning product:

  • To avoid breakouts, look for a self-tanner that will not clog your pores. The label may read, “won’t clog pores,” “oil free,” or “noncomedogenic.” It all means the same thing.

  • When applying a self-tanner to the face, be sure to use a product that is designed specifically for the face.

  • It can be difficult to get an even color on the skin surrounding acne. The skin here tends to be a darker color, so be careful not to apply too much.

  • Wear sunscreen. Using a self-tanner does not protect your skin from the sun, so daily sunscreen use is essential. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all skin that will not be covered by clothing. Look for a sunscreen that says it will not clog pores (may also say “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic”), has an SPF of 30 or higher, and offers UVA/UVB protection (may say “broad spectrum”).

If you’re a bit skeptical about using a self-tanner, rest assured there are some good products out there. Today, many people use self-tanners that do not cause orange skin or leave telltale streaks.

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