Last updated on July 17th, 2023 at 03:37 pm
As we’re about to bask in the glow of summer, there’s one unwelcome visitor that tends to tag along this time of year: acne. Interestingly, acne can sometimes worsen during the summer months due to a combination of factors. Fear not, because we’ve teamed up with NYC-based holistic plastic surgeon and skin expert Shirley Madhère, MD, to provide you with easy and practical tips to prevent and treat summer acne.
What does summer do to our skin?
During the summer, several factors contribute to the aggravation of acne for some individuals.
“Increased heat and humidity can lead to excessive sweating, which can mix with oil, dirt, and bacteria on the skin’s surface, clogging pores and causing breakouts,” explains Dr. Madhère. Additionally, the frequent use of sunscreen and other skin care products this time of year can further contribute to pore congestion if not properly managed.
However, with the right approach, you can combat summer acne and enjoy clear, beautiful skin all season long. Here’s what to do.
1. Stay hydrated and refreshed.
“Hydration is key to maintaining healthy skin, especially in the summer heat,” according to Dr. Madhère. Sip on cool water throughout the day to keep your body’s moisture levels in check. Additionally, include hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber, and citrus fruits in your diet for that extra boost of hydration.
2. Cleanse gently, but thoroughly.
Dr. Madhère recommends using a gentle cleanser twice daily to remove impurities without stripping away essential moisture. Look for non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores and disrupt your skin’s balance. And if you suffer from forehead or scalp acne, make sure to shampoo your hair frequently, which will prevent a buildup of oil in this breakout-prone area.
3. Sunscreen is non-negotiable.
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is a top priority for clear and healthy skin. Choose a non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen and apply generously. Dr. Madhère prefers physical or mineral sunscreen, which tends to be less irritating on sensitive skin. Don’t forget to reapply every few hours, especially during prolonged sun exposure or water activities.
4. Mind your moisturizer.
Contrary to popular belief, moisturizing is vital for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin. Properly moisturized skin maintains its natural balance and reduces the production of excess oil. However, the moisturizer you use in summer won’t be the same for winter. In hotter weather, go for one that’s lightweight and oil-free, which will provide hydration without clogging your pores.
5. Choose breathable clothing.
Dr. Madhère emphasizes the importance of wearing breathable fabrics during the summer. “Light, natural materials like cotton or linen allow your skin to breathe and reduce sweat buildup,” she says. Loose-fitting clothes will keep you comfortable and minimize skin irritation that could result in pimples.
In addition to the tips mentioned above, using the Boiron Acne Relief Kit can help manage zits from the inside out. As an oral acne treatment, this kit contains three homeopathic medicines you can use together or individually, targeting whiteheads and blackheads, oily skin, and even reducing the risk of scarring.* Whether you struggle with chin acne, back and chest acne, or experience acne breakouts associated with your menstrual cycle, this kit is designed to meet your needs.
Visit BoironUSA.com to learn more about the Acne Relief Kit and to find it in a store near you.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.