all long for Summer to arrive since it's a beautiful, fun time of year.
But, summertime can also bring oily skin, blackheads and more acne
breakouts. So - while using the right acne treatment
remember also to make some adjustments in your skin care and diet so
you can keep your skin healthy on those fantastic summer days and
Moisturizing: Lighten-up on your moisturizer
We already know that moisturizing
is essential for acne prone skin. In the summer, since you will wash
your skin even more often to get rid of sweat and outdoor dirt,
moisturizing is very important to prevent dry and sensitive skin. But,
make sure that you lighten up on the moisturizer of choice. Chose lotion
rather than cream (this applies to both the face and body), and READ
the labels to choose non-comedogenic and oil-free products.
Washing: Control oil, but do NOT abuse your skin
and humidity can cause your sebaceous glands to work overtime. Seeing
our skin get oily makes us often want to scrub it more vigorously or
wash it more often. As the basic routine is to wash your
skin twice a day with a mild cleanser (NO harsh SOAPS or products
containing harsh ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl
peroxide), if your skin gets exceptionally oily, you can do a midday
cleansing too. But - do not rub or use harsh products (ex. salicylic
acid) as the glands will respond by producing MORE oil - and rubbing may
actually irritate the skin and ultimately worsen breakouts.
Showering: You may need to take an extra shower
and dirt can irritate acne. Shower after working out or after you
enjoyed being outdoors. Use a mild, moisturizing, oil-free body wash and
DO NOT RUB if you get inflamed pimples. You can also help reduce the
severity of breakouts and avoid acne mechanica by wearing breathable
cotton instead of synthetic fabrics.
Sun protection: What to use
acne products actually increase your sun sensitivity, and used without
heavy sun protection, may cause severe sun damage (all antibiotics,
Retin-A products, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide including products
will fall under this category). AcnEase is an exception as it does not
interfere with or increase your sun sensitivity to sun. Nevertheless, to
prevent sun burns and decrease premature aging or the risk of skin
cancer, daily use of sunscreen is highly recommended. Choose a
non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen of at least SPF 15; SPF 30 is even
better. Try to opt for natural based products.
Using a tinted sunscreen may be a good option as it provides both
protection and eliminates the need for foundation. Less is better in the
Summer Food: What to avoid
is also a time for picnics and barbecues. It's great to get together
with friends, but remember that beer, some fruits (ex. grapes, mango,
leeches and bananas) and greasy, spicy foods may exasperate your acne.
Opt for berries and broiled fish with fresh herbs and garlic, green
leaves and nut & seed salad and a glass of wine or sparkling water
with lemon, lime and a stem of fresh mint instead.
Special Tip for Sensitive Skin
you have acne prone sensitive skin, avoid using spray perfumes and body
splashes; try evening primrose oil - it smells good and is also good
for your skin.