Summer Acne Breakouts: Understanding and Combatting
As the summer season gets warmer, many of us look forward to enjoying the weather and outdoor activities. However, for some individuals, summer also means dealing with a common skin concern: acne breakouts.
The Connection Between Summer Weather and Acne
Breakouts during the summer can be attributed to several factors. Increased heat and humidity can lead to excess oil production in the skin, causing clogged pores. Sweat mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria which creates a perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.
Not to mention, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause skin inflammation and trigger acne flare-ups. While sunlight can initially have a drying effect on the skin, prolonged exposure can lead to increased oil production as the skin tries to compensate for moisture loss. This can result in clogged pores and breakouts.
Combatting Those Pesky Breakouts
Keep your skin clean:
Establish a gentle daily skincare routine that includes cleansing your face twice a day. This helps remove excess oil, sweat, and dirt from the surface of your skin, preventing clogged pores. Avoid harsh scrubbing or using abrasive products that can irritate the skin.
Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day helps maintain skin hydration and promotes overall skin health! Proper hydration can balance oil production and reduce the risk of clogged pores – Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day.
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is essential. Look for oil-free sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. Heather Atwood, BSN, RN, Dermatology Clinic Nurse Manager at Stormont Vail has great recommendations here!
Avoid heavy makeup:
In the summer, opt for lightweight, oil-free makeup products that allow your skin to breathe. Heavy foundations or greasy products can block your pores and contribute to breakouts. Consider using a mineral powder alternative!
Wear breathable clothing:
Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton that allow your skin to breathe and minimize irritation. Avoid tight-fitting clothing that can trap sweat and bacteria against your skin, exacerbating acne.
If you are experiencing persistent or severe acne, it is advisable to consult with a dermatology specialist. The dermatology team at Stormont Vail Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for skin conditions.
Our amazing dermatologists can help assess your skin concerns and develop personalized treatment plans. To learn more about their dermatology services, click here.