For many acne sufferers, summer is a veritable free-for-all when it comes to breakouts. The soaring temperatures can send our skin’s oil production into overdrive. Combine that with excessive sweating—and for urbanites, inhumane temperatures on subterranean subway platforms—and our usual skincare routines just don’t cut it. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your summer is a clear one.
Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate. I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking water and keeping your body hydrated. It has wonderful effects on our skin. Dehydrated skin increases the production of sebum, which makes acne worse – so get drinking… Water that is!
A cool shower can help decrease breakouts by not only cooling your skin down but also by physically washing away the excessive sweat. Hot showers after sun exposure can further dry your skin so make sure you turn down the temperature.
Cleanse your skin twice a day (morning and night) using lukewarm water and a cleanser that is gentle, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. Avoid using regular soap, which can dry out your skin promoting acne. Regular cleansing helps eliminate any excessive sebum on the skin’s surface. It is important to avoid rubbing your skin when cleansing it.
Lather the cleanser onto your face, rinse adequately, so as not to leave any residue on your skin, and gently tap it dry with a towel. Limit the use of skin care products such as masks and scrubs to once or twice a week as excessive use of these products can lead to skin irritation and will contribute to ongoing acne. For oily skin, try to use any of the best moisturizer for acne. Dehydrated skin increases the production of sebum, which makes acne worse.
When your skin is prone to acne, the best care you can offer it is gentle care.
Hats are not only great accessories but they also protect our face from direct sun exposure. It is a good idea to invest in a hat that can protect your face and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the direct UV exposure.
Sunscreens are a must for everybody but especially if you are prone to acne. It is such an essential part of your daily skin care routine. You need to protect your skin from UV damage, which can make the situation worse and lead to even more serious skin conditions. You must opt for at least SPF 30 with a lighter formula. Finding the right sunscreen can be a bit of trial and error, however, looking out for the following can help filter a few.
- It must have a light formula – not too oily
- It must be at least SPF 30
- Try to choose the alcohol-free sunscreens
- Sunscreens aim at sensitive skin are usually less harsh on the skin
Keep Your Sporting Gear Squeaky-Clean
The chin strap on your bike helmet could be causing breakouts. “People never wash them, ever,” laments Dr. Wechsler. It’s crucial to clean anything you wear that touches or rubs against your face because unwashed headgear can spread acne-causing bacteria. Wechsler recommends using rubbing alcohol to clean your bike helmet (or horseback riding helmet, or swim goggles) after every use—or at least as often as you can.
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