Spray Tanning with Acne: 3 Tips for a Flawless Sun-Kissed Finish

26 September 2016
 Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Blog

Almost everyone wants to have that perfect sun-kissed golden glow; however, spending too much time in the sun can be dangerous. Although Australians can take advantage of their beautiful sunny weather to get that glow, it's important to keep in mind that skin cancer is extremely prevalent in Australia, and will affect 2 in 3 Australians by the time they reach 70 years of age. You can achieve the same results with a spray tan. However, a spray tan doesn't bake the skin in the same way that the sun does, and so those with acne will need to put in a little more effort to get a flawless finish. Here are 3 tips.

Exfoliate Areas with Acne Before the Session

Skin cells tend to accumulate in areas surrounding acne pimples. To get rid of these dead skin cells, exfoliate the areas around your acne before getting a spray tan. If you don't, the spray tan will not coat your skin evenly. In fact, most of the pigmentation will cling onto the dead skin cells near your acne, so that you get patchy results. Since the skin near acne pimples will be darker, your acne will become even more noticeable than before.

Avoid Putting on Any Acne Treatment Before and After

Although you might be tempted to put on your acne creams before the treatment like you usually do, you should refrain from applying anything on your skin before and after the treatment. In fact, you might even want to consider stopping your acne treatment several days before. This is because some of the creams and lotions used actually contain chemical ingredients that may interfere with the spray tan and make it difficult for the pigmentation to stick.

Inquire About Experience with Products Used

Some technicians have more experience than others – especially when it comes to which products work for clients with acne and which don't. Sometimes spray tan products can end up clogging your pores and exasperating your acne. Before you dive head in, ask your technician about whether they have used the same product on other clients that struggle with acne. You should inquire about the quality of the results and how long the tan lasted.


If done right, a spray tan can conceal your acne and give you that sun-kissed glow that you've always wanted. However, those with acne will need to put in more effort and caution when it comes to booking a session, as the acne can interfere with how well the spray tan may work.