Summer Oil Production and Acne

Woman having an acne breakout

The summer can be pretty rough on the skin. Not only do you have to worry even more about getting a sunburn, sweating, humidity, and feeling sticky, but it turns out that the unforgiving summer weather could cause an increase in oil production in the skin. When you have oily skin and acne, it can feel even worse in the summer, and while you can’t eliminate the oil altogether, the good news is that there are some things you can do. Keep the following tips in mind when you’re in a battle against summer oil production and acne.

Don’t Touch Your Face
The dirt that’s on your hands goes right onto your skin when you touch your face, so if you notice your acne worsening during the summer and you’re tempted to pick at it, know that doing so could make it even worse. Refrain from touching your face as much as possible.

Choose Your Clothing Wisely
Tight fitting clothing combined with sweating in addition to any dead skin cells, oil, and dirt that could already be on your skin may be a recipe for acne. Opt for wearing looser clothing, and immediately after getting sweaty, such as after a workout, make sure to shower and use a gentle body wash.

Carry Oil Blotting Sheets
Oil blotting sheets can be a lifesaver any time throughout the year, but especially during summer. They come in a small package so they’re easy to carry, but if you run out, a clean toilet seat cover can do the trick.

Properly Cleanse Your Face
If you’re not properly cleansing your face, then all that dirt and grime is just trying to clog your pores. Should you want to help combat acne, use a gentle cleanser twice per day. At night, you should also do a double cleanse, but you’re going to have to tread carefully if you have oily skin. Start by using a makeup remover and take off as much of the makeup, dirt, and sunscreen as possible, then follow that up by using a gentle cleanser; you can tailor the cleansing techniques according to your preferences. Basically, the point is to make sure everything is off your face, but it’s also beneficial in that it allows your skin products to work more effectively.

Hydrate Your Skin
Did you know that when your skin isn’t properly hydrated that it can overcompensate and increase oil production? This is just one of the many reasons why it’s so important not to use products or techniques that are going to cause your skin to get more dry. Opt to stay away from alcohol-based products and make sure to use an excellent (oil-free) moisturizer.

Now that you have some ideas for how to manage summer oil production and acne, all you have to do is try and see what works best for your skin. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your dermatologist so you can get advice that’s perfectly tailored to your skin. The sooner you ask questions, the higher the chances are that you can help prevent acne from popping up on your skin during the summer.

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