Acne is a troublesome skin condition no matter what season it is, but hot, sunny weather, increased sweating, and higher UV exposure during summertime produces the perfect cauldron of conditions for breakouts. Excessive sweating can cause acne not only on the face but also the back and other areas of the body.
This recent article on teenvogue.com gives a brief yet insightful explanation of why acne can be more pronounced during the summer months, and what preventative measures help to minimize breakouts.
Some of the most effective acne treatments, including benzoyl peroxide and retinoids, cause excessive drying to the skin, and the sun multiplies the effects. Retin-A and prescription medications make the skin sun-sensitive. Using these products in the summer can cause more harm to the skin than good.
An increase in sweating can cause hair follicles to become clogged, trapping dirt and sebum underneath the skin’s surface and allowing for bacteria to grow, resulting in breakouts. It is essential to only touch the skin with clean hands. Regularly exfoliating the skin prevents a buildup of dead skin cells that can also cause acne.
Moisturizing the skin is important, but heavy moisturizers should be replaced with lightweight lotions during the hot summer months. Even when skin is suffering from breakouts, wearing SPF is essential.
Remove sweaty workout clothes immediately after exercise, changing into lighter, breathable fabrics. Shower with body washes containing benzoyl peroxide.
The risk of acne scarring increases in the summer because the sun causes acne marks to darken. Generously apply a noncomedogenic sunscreen with an SPF 50, reapplying every two hours, to prevent the acne marks from darkening, and wear a hat when outside.
The summer months can be challenging for those with acne, but this article offers multiple techniques to minimize breakouts. Preparation and prevention are key elements in fighting acne during the summer or any time of the year.