Summertime is usually enough to put a smile on one’s face. That bright rays of sunshine, the warmth, the vitamin D which motivates you after a boring (and sometimes blistering cold winter). Unfortunately, for those suffering from Acne the summer can turn that smile upside down.. into a frown.
So why can summer be such a downer for Acne prone people?
One of the main reasons is that the increased heat causes excess sweating, and that can clog the pores. The hot weather also triggers increased sebum production. Too much sebum creates acne and other types of skin outbreaks. Everything gets sweaty and oily, and your skin starts to act up.
Here are some practical ways you can keep your skin in the best possible shape, even during the summer.
Summer equals sun. Sun equals tanning. You can never be too careful when it comes to tanning. Over exposure can result in damaging effects on your skin. Sun also promotes aging which can even trigger cancerous processes.
In addition to this, some acne treatments, especially those that contain retinol can make your skin even more sensitive to the effects of sun exposure.
If you have sensitive skin you should look into sunscreen that has SPF 30. You should not go below SPF 15. There are a lot of options in this range of products. Your SPF cream should be oil-free, and it should not cause the pores to get blocked.
Sweating will make your acne problem flare up. That is why you should remove the sweat immediately after it forms on your face and skin. Shower immediately after working out or if you’ve spent a significant amount of time in a hot/ warm environment.
To boost your efforts to reduce the acne problem, choose soaps that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Since there is so much heat during summer, it would be logical that you should use more moisturizer, right? Well, the truth is a bit different. Moisturizer is great, however, if your moisturizer is heavy you should switch to lighter versions.
Stay away from greasy, oily and heavy products during the summer months. No matter how well they work in the winter time, they will most likely do more harm than good in the summer.
Typically, you should wash your face at least twice a day. In the summer days, if you want to be safe – throw in the third wash. Any more than this can make your skin dry out. Aim for balance and if your face skin feels tight, it’s dry – which means you may have washed it too much.
Another thing you should do is add astringent to your face care routine. Astringents are excellent at removing the surplus of oil from your skin, preventing it from looking all shiny. Don’t put too much thought into which brand to use. Try different kinds until you find the one that feels good on your skin.
If you want to opt for a natural astringent, you should consider making your own using witch hazel. Put it in a small spray container and carry it in your own purse. When you feel like your face needs some refreshment, spray a bit of your DIY astringent on. You can even apply it over makeup.
Welcome the summer days prepared. Your skin will thank you by not flaring up and ruining your summer fun with painful acne. It just takes a little bit of planning, and the results are well worth it.