Summer Tips: Controlling Acne Breakouts
Summer can be problematic for those that suffer from acne. Acne is negatively affected by the increased temperature, sweat, and increased oil production that is common in midsummer. On the other hand, there are also positives factors that help to improve acne too.
- Sunlight will not improve acne, but a minor tan might help reduce the appearance of acne. In the summer, acne may not be as obvious. It is important to note, however, that excessive sun exposure is both bad for your skin, and a factor that can aggravate existing acne.
- Stress is lower for most people during the summer. Although excessive sunlight is harmful, they play an essential role in reducing stress. Stress can contribute to a host of problems, including skin problems like acne.
- The air is generally more humid during the summer months, which can help relieve dry skin. Although acne is often associated with oil, dry skin can aggravate acne as well.
- Many people notice that their skin is oilier during the summer months. The combination of higher temperature and greater humidity provokes oil production. Oiliness is not the only factor that affects acne breakouts, but it is an important one.
- As skin becomes oilier during the summer, the same skincare routine (moisturizers and cleansers) that was effective during the winter may not be as useful during the summer. As stronger cleanser may be required during the summer to control the grease.
- Dehydration is very common during the summer months. Most people don't change the frequency that they drink water, but water is lost much faster during the summer months through sweat and evaporation. Dehydration can have an effect on acne, and if severe and chronic, it can cause other more serious problems too. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and healthy.
The basic strategy to control acne remain the same, however, during the summer, you may need to make some adjustments as the skin tends to become oilier for just about everyone. If you use moisturizers during the winter, you may want to reduce its use or use a lighter moisturizer during the summer months if you have oily skin already. Similarly, you may wish to use a stronger cleanser during the summer if you notice that your skin becomes oilier. It is important to remember, however, not to cleanse more than the recommended amount, which is usually no more than once a day as the body will compensate by producing more oil.
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