How to Lower Your Risk of Having More Breakouts after the Summer
It’s common knowledge for any Summer enthusiast that during this particular season, the risks of a breakout are especially high. While attending sunny picnics, summer barbeques, and other seasonal activities, we expose ourselves to considerable amounts of UV light (sun). We tend to dehydrate ourselves, overexert ourselves, eat to many deserts and drink to alcohol ; all causes of acne. That’s why, during the summer, many of us take extra care into controlling breakouts.
Once summer ends, however, our guard drops. We think that just because the season has ended, so have the chances of acne appearing. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The risk of having a breakout is still present after summer has passed.
How can a breakout appear after summer?
Skin and Body Dehydration
- With the end of summer comes a period of relief from the seasonal heat. We get to enjoy cooler temperatures and a break from the scorching sun.
- As the weather begins to cool, we sweat less and feel less thirsty. Due to this reason, we tend to decrease our consumption of water during the cooler seasons following summer. This may lead to dehydration of our skin if not the body.
- Too little water leads to dry and flaky skin and dead skin cell mixed with extra sebum create a very unwelcomed clogging of the pores and great base for growth of bacteria-both leading to acne breakouts.
- While it is true that our bodies use up less water in the cooler seasons, dehydration is still a real threat. A threat that can lead to a breakout of acne.
- When stressed out, our brain transmits a signal across our body to redirect its flow of blood. This can cause the blood vessels near our skin to constrict, decreasing the amount of oxygen and essential nutrients received. Our skin begins to dry out and die, making the pores on its surface more prone to being clogged. Also, stress hormones have a similar structure as androgens and therefore stimulate sebaceous glands leading to more breakouts. The end results? An unwanted breakout.
A dryer air
- When the temperature cools, the humidity levels in the atmosphere decrease. As a result, our skin is exposed to air that is less moist in comparison to the humid air of the summer. Our skin dries out as a result, making it more vulnerable to a breakout.
- If this wasn’t bad enough, the cold winds tend to remove layers of lipids present on our skin’s surface. These fatty layers act as protection from pollutants in the environment and retain water. When we lose these layers, the risk of a breakout rises.
How do you avoid a breakout?
Drink plenty of water
- Stay hydrated. When you go outside, keep a bottle of water by your side. Consider drawing out a schedule for yourself in case you forget to drink water. For example, drink water every day upon waking up, before eating meals, and before sleeping.
- Of course, drinking normal water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. You can even try drinks that are good for acne. Beverages such as iced tea, lemonade, or even fruit juices can increase your water intake. Fresh fruit such as watermelon and grapes can too.
Battle the stress
- It is crucial to fight your stress levels even when you don’t think you can. Don’t allow any form of stress to take over. Remind yourself to take a deep breath in moments when your brain feels like it’s about to fry. Whenever you’ve got a few minutes to spare, invest them in something that relaxes you. Read a book, take a warm bath, meditate, or take a stroll through your garden. It really helps!
Apply natural moisturizes
- For all of these reasons, it is very important to keep your skin moisturized in order to avoid breakouts. Luckily, there are several natural moisturizers that you can use. Aloe Vera, shea butter, honey, and AcnEase tablets are all such examples.
Wash your face regularly
- Cleaning your face with warm water on a regular basis is a great way to avoid breakouts. The water can reduce the amount of oil accumulating within the pores of your skin. Water also removes any dry, dead skin that can build up during the cooler seasons following summer.
- As we discussed above, your skin can sometimes be damaged by cold winds. Due to this reason, it is wise to avoid rubbing yourself with towels after a wash as this can further harm your skin. Instead, dab your skin with a soft cloth.
You’re now ready
With these tips in mind, you’ll be prepared to battle off any breakout that dares to make an appearance. There’s now no need to worry at all!