Self-Tanner Could Be The Culprit Behind The Blackheads On Your Nose

Everyone wants to look hot for the summer. For years, self-tanner has been a savior for people wanting that summer glow without harming their skin with UV rays. It's an easy, convenient, and inexpensive way to get a beach-ready body without blisters, peeling, or looking like the mascot for Red Lobster. 

But, beauty products with chemicals, specifically ones that the body doesn't recognize, always come with some issues. Acne is one of the biggest skin conditions caused by adding foreign chemicals to your beauty regimen. Relying on name brands and expensive products to have your best interest at heart shouldn't be your go-to game plan, as both high-end products and their pharmacy dupes can contain chemicals that can do harm to your skin, especially if it's sensitive or acne-prone. Your skin soaks up everything you add to it, both good and bad, so there's a reason why you should be cautious about what you put on it. 

Besides reading the ingredient label on your self-tanner and keeping a log of what chemicals seem to irritate your skin, there are other ways you can stay golden brown without clogging your pores.

What you put on your skin matters

Like the food you eat and its effect on the body, what you put on your skin has a direct effect on your health. Although you may be a self-tanning queen and have no problem with blackheads, many self-tanners must combat the unfortunate side effect of acne. This is due to the fact that a lot of self-tanners are oil-based, which is a big no-no for anyone with acne-prone oily, or combination skin. Oil-based self-tanners can clog pores which prompt bacteria to accumulate and for your face to turn red and inflamed.

The harsh chemicals found in many self-tanning products from foams to waters to sprays to creams can also irritate and dry out skin which then promotes oil production from your pores, which in turn, causes acne to flare up.

On the bright side, people with dry skin or normal skin will most likely benefit from the oily consistency of self-tanner because it will help to add more moisture to their skin. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that the ingredients aren't harmful to your skin in the long run, so checking the label and doing your research on the product is always a good idea.

How to get a great tan without acne

You may be wondering how to self-tan your face without breaking out, as well as how to avoid common self-tanner mistakes. Thankfully, with so many tanning products on the market, there are ways for you to still get that much-desired summer sun look without having to deal with breakouts. All you have to do is follow a few rules to ensure that you get all the glow without the acne.

Before you hit the register, read the label on your self-tanner. Does it say the word "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic?" If not and you're skin is prone to acne, then put it away. Self-tanners with this label are specially formulated and designed to not clog pores. Additionally, using a tanning mitt for an even spread of product on your skin and closing your pores with ice or cold water before applying tanner can help prevent breakouts.

Learning how to build a skincare routine for acne-prone skin is a must when using self-tanner. Choosing a tanning agent that is fragrance-free and designed for the face is the best option if you're in a hurry for a tan. If you start to notice irritation of the skin, chances are it's time to try another product.