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No one likes dealing
with the summer heat, and for acne sufferers it's not just a matter of staying
comfortable-they're also worried that the hot weather may negatively affect
their breakouts. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect yourself
and your skin during the dog days of summer. Don't let the heat get you
down-use these tips to keep yourself safe from the sun.
If you're able to avoid
sun exposure during the hottest times of the day, which are later afternoon in
the summer, then by all means do so because you'll be missing out on both the
heat and UV rays that can negatively impact your skin. We're not saying that
you have to stay indoors, that would be impossible, but you may try to limit
your time outdoors during these peak hours of heat. However, keep in mind that
our heavy dependence on air conditioning during the hot summer months has a
tendency to dry out the air in a building, so you might want to consider
purchasing a humidifier for your home if you've got dry skin and are worried
that your AC will make things worse.
If you are going to be
outside during hot times of the day, make sure you've got quick access to a
towel. Sweat can make your acne problems worse. Sweaty skin has a tendency to
attract dirt and other small debris that can cause your pores to become more
clogged than they already are, so be sure to towel off periodically. However, don't forget to wash and change your towels
frequently because dirty ones can help contribute to the accumulation of
irritants on your skin.
Sunscreen and other forms of skin protection are
a must for acne sufferers. Sunburns promote inflammation of the skin, which
makes it more susceptible to acne breakouts, so you'll want to take steps to
avoid them. Many topical acne products such as those containing benzoyl
peroxide, salicyclic acid or retinoids must be used in conjunction with
sunscreen. If you're worried about having a negative reaction to the
ingredients in sunscreen, you can first test the product on your skin to make certain
the sunscreen or the sunscreen plus your acne treatment does not irritate your
skin. When all else fails, you can always protect yourself quite well with an
oversized hat and long sleeves. However, choosing a sunscreen brand that works
with your skin and not against it will help prevent irritation and will keep
you from having to endure the heat from all that excess clothing.
During the summer months
you may find that your skin begins to behave in unexpected ways. Sometimes
people with normally dry skin will find that the heat makes them more
prone to oiliness. Conversely, people with typically oily skin may find that it becomes dried out in
the sun. These potential changes are things to consider when designing a summer skincare routine - what works well with
your skin during the rest of the year may not be the best thing during June,
July, and August. Be flexible, and look for ways to make adjustments if
While protecting your
skin from external contributing factors is a good way to reduce the outward
symptoms of your acne, if you're not also working to treat the inner causes of
acne then these summertime tips will do you little good. Acne is not primarily
caused by heat or sweat-rather, it's often the result of a hormone imbalance,
in the form of free-floating androgens in your blood stream, which send signals
to your sebaceous glands (located beneath your skin) to overproduce oil (sebum).
While these other tips will help mitigate the impact of acne, or help prevent
worsening of existing acne, without addressing its internal origins you can
never be sure that your acne is gone for good. The best approach to obtaining
clear skin is to prevent acne from happening rather than treating it once it
occurs. AcnEase is a product that has been designed to
moderate the response of your sebaceous glands to this hormonal imbalance in a
way that is both safe and natural. AcnEase unlike topical acne products has NO
sun restrictions. So don't let your acne hold you back this summer - beat
the heat with AcnEase!
Sun exposure may cause
inflammation. The masks below calm and moisturize the skin. You should do one
after the other. Please use organic ingredients when possible.
Slice cucumber into
round ¼ inch slices. Wash your face and pat it dry. Lie down and put the
cucumber slices all over the face and décolletage. The last 2 or 4 slices
may go on the closed lids of your eyes.
Rest for 10-15 minutes.
Take cucumber slices off and discard. Your face will be wet from cucumber
juice. Do not rinse it off but massage gently into the skin. Cucumbers contain
large amounts of water, and are rich in vitamin C so the mask will enhance the
skin's ability to regenerate.
Mix all ingredients well
to achieve the consistency of paste. Spread on a clean and dry face. Massage
gently and then leave as thick of a layer as possible on the face for 20-25
minutes or until semi-dry. Remove with lukewarm water and a cotton cloth. Skin
will feel cool, refreshed, and the look of acne marks will be less prominent.
With a Promise of Clear