One of the many excuses (notice I didn't say reasons?) people give for wanting to tan is that it gives them a clearer complexion when it comes to the dreaded acne.
I do have to admit that in my early 20's, when I was not living the healthiest of lifestyles, that was one of my excuses too. I have always been lucky, most of my breakouts are thanks to female hormones and are usually just one or two a month. However, at that time in my life, my depressed overeating and the fact that my social life consisted of crashing my friends company happy hours took it's toll on my skin, acne-wise. My answer? I went to the tanning bed. Luckily, I went to a place with sub-par beds and after a month, I quit because I didn't like having stripes down my back.
So the other day I came across this article on face mapping. Basically it is saying that where your acne appears can be linked to your health. I haven't done any follow up to the accuracy of this article, but I do find it very interesting and worth cautiously sharing. I know there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, a healthier lifestyle and less acne do run hand in hand. I also know that looking back at what was going on in my life at times that my face has broken out at various places, this is definitely worth exploring further.