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Does Self Tanner Clog Your Pores?

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.

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
The Jergen's facial moisturizer make me break out horribly. I just let it go away on it's own though. Not paying your student loans and getting a facial instead is not okay.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I don't think regular facials will help with acne. Maybe if she was getting microdermabrasion.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Self tanners make my legs break out in a rash so I dont use them on my face.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I used that Jergens facial tanner a couple years ago and it immediately made my face break out. After that, I never tried a facial tanner again.
emalove emalove 8 years
I use that Jergens Natural Glow self-tanner/moisturizer during the summer and have never had an issue with it clogging my pores. But I don't use it year-round.
shellee shellee 8 years
I use Clarins Liquid Bronze on my face everyday and *knock on wood* haven't had any problems with breakouts because of it. I think if you use a formula meant for your face, you should be ok. The self-tanners for your body have more pore-clogging ingredients in them.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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