A friend of mine just fessed up to a recent bout of facials. I say "fessed up" not only because she is not making a dent in her student loans, but because she needs these facials to combat a problem she herself has caused. Apparently, some facial self tanners congest pores and are almost impossible to get out. If you've spent a Summer slathering it on only to find yourself breaking out now, this may be why. A sunless summer is the best option for your skin long-term, but a summer of self-tanning can also take a toll on your skin.
"Self tanners themselves do not clog pores however they can be put into formulations that can clog pores," explains Dr. Doris J. Day, a Manhattan dermatologist. "You should exfoliate before applying to make sure the skin is smooth and the product penetrates evenly, and look for products that say non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic on the label. This means they have been tested to not clog pores. Generally this would be gels, lotions, or wipes. "
The best way to remedy the aftermath at home? Once you're close to your normal skin color (because you don't want to end up streaked) try a peel, like Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Facial Peel ($25.99), to encourage skin cell turnover.