06 Aug Summer Skin Tips to Help Avoid Heat-Related Breakouts
We admit it: We’re pretty spoiled when it comes to summers in Long Beach. Heck, we’re spoiled year-round. Being so close to the coast, the temperatures in Long Beach are temperate – but that doesn’t mean we don’t also get hot and humid during the summertime.
We all know heat and humidity can wreak havoc on our skin, so how can you help keep your skin acne-free during those sticky summer months?
Sop it Up
Oil is the leading cause of acne, and heat and humidity can cause a facial oil slick worse than the Exxon Valdez. Wash twice a day with gentle foaming cleanser – and maybe even allow the cleanser to sit on your skin for a few seconds before rinsing it off. To treat acne, consider using cleansers that have antibacterial properties such as salicylic acid or tea tree oil. But be sure to monitor your skin because it is possible to wash too often, which can do more harm than good. Over-washing can cause your skin to go into overdrive and produce more oil that could lead to more acne. Some people may need to wash with a cleanser only once a day. After washing, use a gentle toner.
Scrub it Off
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Actually, just one “exfoliate” should do the trick. Like washing your face, you don’t want to exfoliate too often because it can cause more breakouts and acne. Exfoliating once a week can work wonders for oily or acne-prone skin by scrubbing off dead skin cells and clearing out clogged pores. For those who tend to break out, use a gentle facial scrub with small granules to avoid irritating the skin and infecting any pimples.
You don’t wear wool sweaters and wrap up in cashmere scarves during the summer, so why would do the equivalent to your skin? Your skin doesn’t appreciate heavy moisturizers during warm summer months, so – just like you swap out your seasonal wardrobe – it’s important to change your moisturizer to avoid causing excess oil and acne breakouts. Choose a moisturizer that’s labeled both oil-free and noncomedogenic to avoid clogging pores. You could also consider switching to a tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream to avoid putting on layer after layer of moisturizers, sunscreens and heavy foundations. An oil-free BB cream or CC cream with SPF can pull triple duty and give your skin a breather.
Wash it Off
Some of the worst heat-related acne doesn’t pop up on your face. Your back, chest and neck (and who knows where else) can break out in a rash of pimples during hot, sticky weather. Most body acne is caused by sweat and irritation. To avoid or treat body acne, always shower after working out or doing other physical activity and consider using an over-the-counter body wash that contains salicylic acid. Also be sure to wear the right fabrics, such as cotton, which is both breathable and absorbent. Avoid wearing anything that is too tight that can rub against the skin and cause irritation – although sports bras probably aren’t optional.