Magazine article USA TODAY

Teens Erroneously Believe Sun Treats Acne

Magazine article USA TODAY

Teens Erroneously Believe Sun Treats Acne

Article excerpt

Half of all teenage respondents mistakenly believe that routine exposure to the summer sun can improve their acne, a survey by the American Counseling Association (ACA) found. While nearly all of them recognized several effective treatments, 26% still endorsed this sun-worshipping ritual as one of the best methods to deal with acne.

Teens consider the summer as the time of the year when it is most important to have a clear complexion. In fact, 32% of young acne sufferers often avoid common summer activities because of their skin condition. Among activities shunned most frequently are wearing a tank top or bathing suit and going to the beach or pool.

Raising awareness of the substantial health risks associated with prolonged tanning, the results of the survey should serve to dispel the persistent myth among teenagers that a healthy tan is a time-honored cure for acne. In particular, it is believed that 80% of the skin's lifetime sun damage typically occurs before the age of 18.

This sun damage often leads to several different types of skin cancers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classify skin cancer as the most common form of cancer in the U. …

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