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Spray tanning and acne

In a perfect world, all your clients would come to you with skin that’s reasonably free of acne. But the truth is that at least some of the people you’ll work with – and especially if they are in their teens and twenties – will have skin that is either prone to acne breakouts or actively has a few visible blemishes.

The good news is that DHA, the main ingredient in sunless tanning solutions, only works on surface skin cells. This means that it won’t clog pores and exacerbate any pre-existing acne problems.

However, if a client has a more severe case of acne that involves pustules or open sores, you need to be careful. The best advice is to get the client to get a dermatologist’s OK before you proceed.

A client may still insist on getting a spray tan. You should warn them that even the best sunless tanning solution could actually highlight trouble spots rather than tone them down. If possible, test any solution you decide to use on a small area before proceeding.

Once a client receives a spray tan, he or she will not be able to use any acne soaps, astringents or medications on affected areas. Doing so will effectively strip the tan from the skin and cause a patchy appearance.

Sometimes, acne only affects the face. If that’s the case, then it may be possible to simply do a body spray tan that will produce just a hint of color rather than a full-on bronze. Clients can then treat facial areas with a product like our NG Brazilian Mist, which contains DHA, but none of the bronzers that can settle around acne and call attention to it in unflattering ways.

When you give spray tan clients the best, you’ll earn the golden reputation that guarantees business success. New Gorgeous makes 100% natural sunless tanning products that are also vegan and PETA-certified. That means they’re super-gentle on skins of all kinds – including sensitive ones prone to acne breakouts. For sunless tanning solutions that more salons around the world trust, contact us today!


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