You've been on holiday for a few days and suddenly develop itchiness and pustules instead of an even tan? You have red, burning skin even though you've set a good example by wearing plenty of sunscreen? You're probably suffering from «Mallorca acne». Read this article to find out what you can do about it and how to avoid this annoying «sun allergy» next year.
HOW CAN I RECOGNISE MALLORCA ACNE?
This unpleasant skin reaction usually occurs in the spring, a few days after the first intense sun exposure of the year, or at the beginning of a holiday in a warm climate. This is why Mallorca acne is also referred to as «spring acne» (the medical term is acne aestivalis). It is the most common sunlight-related skin disease in Central Europe. The skin can even develop Mallorca acne in reaction to sun exposure in glass-enclosed rooms, as UVA light can also trigger the disorder. Mallorca acne can be identified by the following symptoms:
- WHAT: Itching, acne-like, small tubercles / blisters / papules / pustules as well as redness / inflammation
- WHERE: Mainly on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun: face, upper arms, shoulders, chest, back
- WHEN: At times when the skin has not been used to the sun, usually starts in the spring, peaks in summer, spontaneously subsides in autumn
- HOW: Usually a reaction to sunscreen combined with sunlight
- WHO: mostly young people, in particular women, suffer from Mallorca acne
CAUSES OF MALLORCA ACNE.
The scientific theory is as follows: When UV rays and the ingredients in greasy sunscreens or the sebum come in contact with one another, this can lead to irritating skin reactions. But why? UV radiation causes free radicals to form in the skin. These very easily bind to other substances such as fats, for example. As a result, the combination of the greasy components in sunscreen and free radicals can have an inflammatory effect on the skin, in particular where hair follicles grow (due to clogged pores).
SUN ALLERGY OR PRICKLY HEAT?
Mallorca acne and other sunlight-related skin reactions are also collectively referred to as a «sun allergy» in colloquial speech. However, in the case of Mallorca acne, it is the specific combination of fats and emulsifiers in cosmetics, sunscreen and the body's own sebum and sweat with free radicals that is literally the «irritating factor». If your skin repeatedly reacts to the combination of sunscreen and sunlight, it may even be beneficial to have a doctor perform an allergy test – perhaps you are allergic to a specific substance.
A minor skin reaction to sun and sweat can result in what's referred to as prickly heat. In this case, it's best to avoid creams and lotions and to thoroughly cleanse the affected areas of the skin.
ACNE ON HOLIDAY - NOW WHAT?
On day two of your long-awaited beach holiday in Mallorca (or wherever else) you suddenly develop pustules and blisters on your face. How annoying! Unfortunately, you should avoid direct sun exposure so that it doesn't get any worse. The skin usually gets accustomed to the sun's radiation over the course of the summer and the symptoms will disappear on their own after one to two weeks. However, if the skin irritation is severe and painful, you should consult a chemist or even a dermatologist, as some cases may require drug therapy. Otherwise – less is more and hang in there!
TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY.
Have you had Mallorca acne or are prone to oily skin? Then these tips are for you:
- Don't sunbathe for long periods of time right away; instead, let your skin get used to the sun gradually.
- Use oil-free and non-greasy sunscreens / face creams, for example gels.
- Stay in the shade - this will help you avoid a sunburn, too!
- Wear a sun hat, sunglasses and potentially even a t-shirt – it's better to return to work after your holiday slightly tanned than red and covered in spots, isn't it?
- The best treatment for a recurring breakout is avoiding the sun's radiation.
- In general: Using common sense when it comes to the sun is good advice for everyone.
AFTER SUN WITH FILSUISSE.
Regardless of whether or not you suffer from Mallorca acne, wearing greasy, sticky sunscreen all day long is not ideal for the skin. This is why the first thing you should do when you get back to your hotel room is to thoroughly and gently cleanse your skin: FilSuisse is perfect for the job! It provides fast, effective and oil-free cleansing and nourishment, without any harmful additives. The result is an even tan and skin that's cleansed right down to the pores!
Plus, our wipes fit perfectly into your hand luggage, making them ideal for a quick trip south! Have fun in the sun!
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