Summer Skincare Tips for Acne

Break out of your breakout cycle this summer.

If your skincare regimen works fine most seasons, but you have a little extra trouble controlling outbreaks in the summer, don’t be surprised.

As if our skin wasn’t already exposed to enough environmental stressors, the stronger summer heat and summer activities can contribute to an extra difficult season for acne sufferers. Just enough time under the hot sun can cause blemishes and further sensitivity, especially on broken skin.

To help limit aggravated breakouts this time of year, pair your skincare routine with these helpful summer skin care tips:

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Cleanse your skin
Cleanse your skin regularly, but irritation from over-scrubbing can cause more harm than good. Using strong cleansers with harsh ingredients can also cause a bad skin reaction. When it comes to cleansing acne-prone skin, less is more.  Twice a day cleansing is fine. If you use use a scrub, apply it gently and be sure to moisten skin properly with plenty of water.

Protect your skin
Acne is not fun, but sunburned acne? No thank you. Make sure to protect your skin from the scorching sun with regular application of a non-greasy SPF 30.

Pamper your skin
Treat your skin to a spa day and you might be surprised by how much your skin loves you back. Getting a monthly facial can be helpful, and a skilled esthetician will choose products that are effective in calming reactive, acneic or oily skin.

Out with the old, in with the new
Get rid of old skin cells that can clog up pores by exfoliating with a mask once or twice a week.  Clay based masks are usually a good choice. You can also try a chemical peel every few months, but keep in mind that you may not want to peel during the summer if you spend a lot of time in the sun.

Helpful ingredients
Look for products with ingredients that work. Retinoids in the form of either Retinol (no prescription needed) or Retin A (prescription required) are clinically proven to  increase cellular turnover and exfoliation. Here’s a nice list of acne-fighting ingredients to consider.

Food for skin
What goes in your body can affect your skin! Some foods can trigger breakouts by exasperating sebum production. Avoid fatty foods, processed foods and refined sugar. Consuming a small to moderate amount of “natural” high-sugar foods such as fruit juices and smoothies can also help minimize the risk. Click here for a helpful list of Prevention magazine’s 10 worst foods for your skin.

As always, make sure to follow a careful skincare routine and consult with your dermatologist or skin care professional before making changes to your regimen.

Have any tips to share with us? We want to hear what works for you!