Summer can be treacherous territory for acne-sufferers. Increased sun exposure and a rising heat index can create the perfect storm for pesky, vacation-ruining skin issues like sunburn and inflamed acne. Here are some summer skin tips that can help keep your skin cool and in the clear this summer.
Keep Skin Fresh and Clean
Most dermatologists agree: it’s best to cleanse your face after a sweat session. Sweating gives your body a pathway to rid itself of toxins and other impurities, but you don’t want those sitting on your skin for long periods of time. When you’re done in the sun, gently wash your face with a mild cleanser (your Acne Intelligence cleanser perfectly fits the bill)! Cleansing will help keep summer breakouts at bay – but don’t go overboard. At most, you should be washing your face only 2 to 3 times per day. Make sure that you moisturize each time you cleanse to keep your skin balanced.
Lighten Up Your Routine
Your Acne Intelligence routine is already optimally formulated to include everything your skin needs and nothing it doesn’t, but consider taking a break from cosmetic extras. If you’re confident enough to go barefaced this summer, we highly recommend going without makeup. The fewer products you can keep in contact with your skin on hot, sweaty days, the better. If you’re not there yet, don’t worry! Now is the perfect time to find a lightweight foundation or concealer that will cover up problem areas without feeling caked-on. Avoid ingredients that are problematic for acne-prone skin like oils and fragrances and look for a product that is labeled as non-comedogenic so that you know it won’t clog your pores.
Leave Acne-Fighting to your Skincare Routine
While it is true that UV rays have antiseptic effects on acne-causing bacteria, the false-positive effects of sun exposure on your acne are short-lived. Sun exposure is simply not a cure for acne. The sun actually dries out your skin, naturally increasing sebum production that can lead to more acne. Trust us on this one: you’re better off wearing SPF and keeping up with your skincare routine.
Always Wear Acne-Safe Sunscreen
The one product you shouldn’t skimp on is sunscreen. There’s a reason you can add our SPF 30 with Moisturizer to any Acne Intelligence order: SPF is for everyone. No matter what you’re doing this summer, wearing sunscreen is the number one way to protect your investment in healthy skin. Our SPF includes four powerful UVA and UVB blocking ingredients for lightweight protection that absorb quickly, give skin the perfect amount of moisture, and won’t ever break you out.
Treat Your Sunburn
The best sunburn treatment is avoiding getting sunburned in the first place! But if you do get burned, be gentle and moisturize often. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends aloe and anti-inflammatory medicine like aspirin for sunburn relief. Ditch both ice cold and steaming hot water in favor of cool or lukewarm water when you shower and cleanse, and take extra precautions to protect your skin and hydrate while you’re healing.
Listen to Your Skin
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It may be hard to think of your skin as something to be thankful for, especially if it feels like you’re always waging a war on acne. However, your skin performs many essential protective and regulatory functions for your body, so it’s essential to pay attention, especially when it feels like your skin is getting irritated from heat or sun exposure. Be aware that the same ingredients that make excellent acne-fighters can also make your skin extra-sensitive to the sun. This doesn’t mean that these products are bad for you – it just means that you should be extra careful about sun exposure when you’re treating summer acne. If your skin is extremely irritated or blistered, consider taking a break from active acne ingredients until your skin has a chance to repair itself. After all, the best way to stay acne-free is to keep your skin healthy and functioning well.
Ready to get clear and stay clear? Make this the best summer yet with a personalized acne treatment plan from Acne Intelligence. Get your free consultation and recommendations today!