Teens and young adults suffering from acne often turn to the drying effects of the sun to help clear up their skin. When you are used to an oily complexion and breakouts getting a tanned face can feel good temporarily. As we now know, such thinking and practice is not only counterproductive, but dangerous! The temporary “dry” you may experience leads to permanent damage at the cellular level, setting you up for premature aging and the potential for skin cancer! The top layer of skin is designed to be a barrier to keep bacteria out and moisture in. When that layer is damaged more oil is produced as a protective measure, the dead skin clogs your pores and eventually your breakout is worse, and you’ve put yourself at risk for skin cancer.