For some, acne is a problem 365 days a year. But for others, this skin problem that affects 50 million Americans every year flares up when summer rolls around. Which is unfortunate because summer is a beautiful time of the year. The days are long and your social calendar is likely packed with beach days, grilling in the yard, and hanging out with friends.
Alas, doing these things also means that there’s no shortage of sweat and dirt. Factor in the harsh heat and it’s no wonder your skin suffers. But don’t let the threat of acne send you back inside and cause you to miss out on the fun. With the following face and skincare practices, you’ll be able to fearlessly show your summer glow.
Use the right products
One of the main culprits of your summertime breakouts is oil or sebum. Your sebaceous glands, the ones responsible for producing the natural oils of your skin, become overactive in the heat. This means they produce more oil than usual, resulting in oily and therefore acne-prone skin.
So, when using skincare products in the summer, make sure to choose oil-free variants; from toner, which removes dead skin cells that clog your pores, to moisturizer, which keeps your face hydrated. Apart from choosing oil-free products, make sure that they’re also a lighter formula so your skin doesn’t come into contact with too many chemicals.
Don’t skimp on the sunscreen
A lot of lotion-type products can feel sticky and sunscreens are no exception. That doesn’t mean you should remove it from your skincare routine, though. If you do, your summer glow will turn into a summer woe. You’ll be walking around with red, itchy skin and that’s simply unacceptable.
Mineral-based sunscreens, those with zinc oxide or titanium oxide, provide the best sun protection. Fortunately, there are many light and oil-free formulas available in the market. These will still provide you with sun protection without clogging your pores or making you feel sticky.
Shower after you sweat
Sweat on its own doesn’t cause acne. However, bacteria builds up after you engage in sweat-inducing activities. So if you’ve been playing beach volleyball with your friends or going on a morning run, make sure you shower the sweat off afterward.
Take it easy on the sweets
Summer is all about having fun, which means you’re probably giving in to the temptation of munching on sweet snacks and chugging sugar-laden thirst quenchers. But, a big and often not commonly known reason people break out in the summer is because of their diet.
Foods with a high glycemic index, or those that quickly convert into glucose, make your insulin levels spike. This leads to inflammation throughout your body and increases sebum production. Increased sebum production = oily skin = clogged pores = acne. We’re not suggesting you completely deprive yourself. Just be more mindful about what you eat.
Taking care of your skin all year long
Your acne may flare in the summer, but many skin problems aren’t tied to a season. At Vargas Face and Skin, we aim to create a beautiful and more natural appearance for you. Using the latest technology, whether it be for surgery or skincare formula, we help people look their best, most natural self, all throughout the year.
For more information on our services, contact us today.