How to Prevent Summer Breakouts

The perfect summer consists of warm weather, beautiful skies and the feel of the sun on your face - and who doesn't love that? Unfortunately, the summer can be harsh on your skin. Heat and humidity intensify oil production which clogs pores with dirt and debris, and this often leads to more breakouts during the hotter months. Especially if you're in a city as you're trying to tackle both the sun and pollution at the same time. Not fun. 

So, what's the best way to deal with it? 

Fight from the Inside Out

You may need to do some internal spring cleaning to keep your skin looking fresh. Poor digestive health means that the lining of our gut becomes more permeable than it should. This leads to an inflammatory response in the body and one of the main effects of this is skin disturbances such as eczema, acne, and dermatitis. Fermented foods such a kombucha or probiotic supplements are full of healthy bacteria which promote better digestive health and support healthy skin. 

Stay Hydrated

Warm weather can lead to an increased production of oil which can be frustrating. However, too often we end up trying to counteract shine by stripping our skin of its important natural oils, which can lead to excess drying, irritation, and breakouts. If your skin is overproducing oil that may mean it’s dehydrated and using harsh products or not moisturizing can send oil glands into overdrive increasing potential breakouts. Instead, stay hydrated. Wash your face with tepid (never hot!) water and use products that don’t contain drying ingredients. 

Choose the Right Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential! We've explained before why it's so important to protect your skin from harmful sun-rays that both damage and age your complexion. But what if your SPF breaks you out? Choose one formulated especially for faces and are labeled non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. We recommend EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 which is transparent, packed with zinc oxide and perfect for acne-suffering skin. 

Use a Toner

A toner is meant to complete your cleansing regime by removing the dust, pollution, and impurities that can still be lingering after washing with a cleanser, and cause blocked pores which lead to acne. We always recommend using a toner containing glycolic or salicylic acid, every morning and night to remove dead skin cells and trapped bacteria.

Less Makeup

Keep makeup light in the summer months. Whether you're commuting or diving into the ocean, makeup doesn't mix well with humidity or sweat so give your skin a chance to breathe. 

Try to avoid using everything in your makeup bag, and keep it minimal. If you can't do that, try to replace your heavier foundation with a tinted moisturiser or mineral makeup, or just keep your sunglasses on if you're worried about anyone noticing dark circles. 

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