Texas summer is no joke. While many of us associate the summertime with vacations, longer days, and relaxing, there’s also one downside – summer acne!
This kind of acne is more common than you think. And luckily, there are a few steps you can take to reduce acne breakouts during the summertime. Keep reading to learn more about why you may be experiencing this (even if you’ve always had clear skin) and what you can do to help.
What causes acne breakouts during the summer?
There are many different kinds of acne, but each type forms when the skin’s pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and more. Someone who is acne-prone may naturally produce a large amount of oil, which may be causing their acne.
However, during the summer when temperatures are at an all-time high, people sweat a lot and therefore produce more oil than usual. This is why summer acne is so common.
So, what can we do to reduce these pesky breakouts?
1. Switch up your skin care
Think of your skin care as a type of clothing meant to protect your face. During the winter you may use a heavier night time cream and other hydrating products to keep your face from drying out. These products are like a winter coat. Now, you wouldn’t wear a winter coat in 90 degree heat would you? No! So, just like the clothing we wear, we also need to switch out our skin care products depending on the season. Luckily for you, we have many products available and can help recommend which ones will work for you depending on your unique skin type.
2. Rinse off immediately after being outside, working out, or sweating excessively
This will help clear off that oil and will reduce summer acne on the face and body. Just be sure to moisturize after showering to rehydrate the skin!
It’s always important to exfoliate away dead skin cells to keep your pores clear, but its especially important during the summertime! However, over exfoliating can actually irritate the skin more, which can result in acne breakouts. To avoid this, try sticking to exfoliating once a week, or every other week.
4. Use an oil-free sunscreen safe for sensitive skin
During the summer when our bodies naturally produce oil, it’s important to try and avoid products that may add to that already increased amount. Everyone should be wearing sunscreen every day, but you may notice that your sunscreen is contributing to your summer acne. If this is the case, then you should switch to an oil-free mineral sunscreen!
5. Drink more water
Finally, drinking more water and keeping your skin hydrated will get rid of any dry skin that can trigger an excess in oil production.
These are just a few quick tips you can start using to reduce your summer acne symptoms. However, if you are still noticing an increase in breakouts or would like to better understand which products would benefit you, then we recommend you contact our team to schedule an appointment.