If you have acne-prone skin, the summer months probably aren’t your favorite. The thing is that when the temperature rises, our skin gets more sensitive, which makes it more vulnerable to pimples and blemishes. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent and deal with summer breakouts and acne. That said, we’ll list some tips that can help you look your best in the summertime without worrying about pimples or acne, so keep reading.
Before we start, it’s important to understand why our skin is more prone to acne in the summertime. Many of us mistakenly think that sun exposure is the reason behind acne. However, the hot temperature in the summer months along with increased oil production, sweat, and clogged pores can irritate the skin and cause acne. So, how do we prevent this from happening?
Swap Your Skincare Products
The same concept of putting your turtlenecks and pullovers away for the summertime should be applied to your winter skincare products too.
Use Foaming Cleansers
While we tend to use creamy facial cleansers in the winter to keep our skin hydrated and prevent it from dryness from the cold weather, it is essential to opt for a lighter cleanser in the summer. Foaming cleansers have a lighter formula that doesn’t build up unnecessary excess oil. Nonetheless, note that cleansing your face too much can cause irritation and could worsen your breakouts. It is recommended to cleanse your face twice a day for the best results.
Stay Away from Heavy Lotions or Creams
Yes, we want to keep our skin hydrated and plump in the warmer months, but using your winter moisturizer in the summer could make things worse. You do not need this much hydration; instead, use a lighter, oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin.
Choose The Right Sunscreen
No one wants to get sunburned, especially in the summer, so removing sunscreen from your skincare routine is non-negotiable. However, you can choose an oil-free sunscreen that gives your skin the protection it needs without greasing it out. Moreover, if you usually wear makeup, try to go for tinted sunscreen that provides decent coverage so you don’t have to add another layer of foundation.
Remove Sweat and Dirt
Needless to say, sweat makes us uncomfortable, sticky, and smelly. Therefore, it is mandatory to shower more regularly in the summer months. Some people tend to overlook showering or washing their faces even when they work out or spend a lot of time in the sun. Dermatologists recommend that we should wash our faces and shower twice a day maximum. If you overdo it, your skin can get irritated, which makes it harder to treat acne.
Drink Plenty of Water
Did you know that dehydration can cause more oil production, which can lead to more breakouts? It is mandatory to stay hydrated all the time, especially in the summertime to keep your skin looking its best. Drinking water is essential year-round, but due to the increased sweating in the summertime, it is particularly important to drink enough water. Ideally, you should drink 2 to 3 liters of water every day.
Avoid Popping Your Pimples
We know how annoying it is when these pimples appear all of a sudden on your forehead, around your mouth, or all over your entire face. We also understand the urge of popping them, thinking that they will disappear this way. Unfortunately, popping your pimples will not only leave marks and scars, but can also cause inflammation or infection. Leave your pimples alone and do not touch them, unless you’re applying a doctor-prescribed product directly on them. They will soon dry out and go away eventually.
On top of the heat, high temperature, and sweat we’re used to in the summer, wearing masks can cause acne. The minority of people who still wear masks might be facing more acne problems due to the pressure masks put on the skin. Unfortunately, while we’re trying to protect ourselves from COVID-19 variants, masks can aggravate our skin and create more moisture and humidity on the lower parts of our faces. This can result in bacterial overgrowth, which leads to pimples and blackheads. That’s why it is important to cleanse your face twice a day and wear clean masks. If you have reusable masks, make sure you wash them every time you put them on.
Finally, taking care of your skin is mandatory year-round; however, in the summertime, you need a few modifications to help you deal with the expected heat, humidity, and high temperatures. We also recommend that you visit a dermatologist to suggest the right products for your skin type.
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