How to Prevent a Summer Acne Flare-Up

Many of us feel our best in summer. It’s generally a great time to soak up vitamin D, enjoy being outdoors, and wear fewer layers of clothing. But summer can also wreak havoc on your skin.

You may be more likely to experience acne flare-ups in the summer, especially if you’re normally acne-prone. But you don’t need to resign yourself to suffering from acne in the summer. Dr. David Stoll at Stoll Dermatology can help your skin to look its best at any time of year. Here are some additional practical things you can do to prevent an acne flare-up.

Use a lighter moisturizer

A heavy moisturizer is appropriate in the winter when your skin is drier. But if you continue to use the same moisturizer in the summer, it can clog your pores and lead to more acne.

People with oily skin produce more sebum, a type of oil that can cause acne. Adding extra oil in the form of a heavy moisturizer can cause your skin to produce even more sebum and cause more acne. Choose a lightweight moisturizer for summer, one that’s labeled oil-free and noncomedogenic (which means it won’t clog pores.)

Use a noncomedogenic sunscreen

It’s always important to use sunscreen in the summer to prevent skin cancer. But not all sunscreens are created equal, and some can cause acne breakouts. If your current brand of sunscreen is causing acne, look for a new one that’s labeled noncomedogenic.

Some sunscreens are also tinted, which can be a good alternative to wearing a lot of makeup in the summer. Tinted sunscreen can also be a good option for men who want to cover up uneven skin tone without looking like they’re wearing makeup.

Shower after you sweat

One of the best things about summer is enjoying the warmth and being outdoors. But you can also get pretty sweaty after spending time outside, especially if you’re active. Sweat on your forehead can cause acne along your hairline.

Make sure to take a shower after you work up a sweat. Sitting around in sweaty clothes can irritate your skin and cause acne, particularly on your back. While you’re in the shower, use a body wash that contains salicylic acid to help fight acne.

Wear natural fabrics

Natural fibers like high-quality cotton allow airflow to your skin. This allows sweat to evaporate and dry, rather than remaining trapped. Synthetic fabrics trap sweat near your skin, causing a type of acne called acne mechanica. This type of acne occurs whenever your skin is exposed to a lot of heat or friction.

Watch your diet

Although diet has a limited effect on acne, it’s important to follow a healthy diet for better skin. Summer offers a lot of treats, including sugary snacks and beverages, alcoholic drinks, and cookouts with chips and greasy meat. Stick to a healthy diet and drink lots of pure water so your skin can look its best.  

Wash your face and change your products

Wash your face with a gentle foaming cleanser twice a day in the summer. You don’t want to wash your face too often because it can paradoxically lead to more breakouts.  

You may need to use different cleaning products than you have used in the past. Trying new products may clear up your skin and help you get through summer with fewer breakouts and healthy, glowing skin. Call to make an appointment with Dr. Stoll to find out the best products to use on your skin. You can even click the “Book Online” button for an easy, convenient way to make an appointment.

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