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Just recently the American Counseling Association held a survey among American teenagers, asking general questions about what they think would be the best treatment for acne vulgaris, or acne. Alarmingly, around half of their total number of respondents proudly said that exposure to the heated rays of the sun is the best acne treatment. It seems that the teenagers of America, in their desperation to rid themselves of the unsightly and often painful lesions symptomatic of acne, are willing to do a back-step and worship the sun to heal them of the condition.
Funny yet ironic, since the sun does not really improve skin. In fact, did you know that there is actually something called “permanent skin damage”? This results from many environmental factors, and the top perpetrator on the list is the sun itself. So sun plus painful, generalized acne does not equate to no acne. Lots of sun without UV production plus human skin actually equates with an increase in the incidence of skin tumors and skin cancer after a few years.
WHAT IS THE PROPER DOSAGE?
There is nothing wrong with moderate exposure to the sun. Actually, the body needs a small dose of the Big Yellow to produce certain vitamins in the body, like vitamin D and vitamin K. Vitamin D, though present in dairy products like full cream milk and the like, can also be produced naturally by the body through the help of the sun’s rays. But the dose required by the body is small. Actually it is so small (actually, 10 minutes only) that it cannot possibly be used as an excuse to tan ourselves for three hours.
The Center for Disease Control or the CDC in the United States of America states plainly that skin cancer and all other related skin disorders result from the number one perpetrator: extreme exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. Let’s face it - the ozone layer and the atmosphere are no longer what they were hundreds of years ago. There is now little to separate us from the other wavelengths of the sun that are harmful upon contact with the human skin.
WHY NOT TO EXPOSE ACNE TO THE SUN?
To expose acne to such radiation can only make things worse, and may even give individuals more problems in the future. This year, a million new cases of skin cancer have been detected throughout the fifty states of the US. Death is also a potential consequence- so take the sun seriously and step into the shade.
According to Diane Berson, a practicing dermatologist in the United States, the medical community is aware that American teenagers would go to extreme lengths to make it appear that they have nice, acne-free skin. When asked why teenagers are doing it, Diane Berson explains that increased exposure to the sun would result in tanning, or a general browning or darkening of the skin. The more melanin on the surface of the skin means the lesions would be less prominent.
Sometimes, Berson concludes, teenagers think that by just making the acne less prominent, they are actually treating it. Unfortunately, they could not be more wrong. Increased sun exposure actually contributes nothing to the treatment of acne vulgaris.