For most people, summer means spending long days in the water, ice cream, cold drinks, and buffet. With all these enjoyments, summer also comes with many skin issues because people want to spend more time outdoors which leads to more exposure of skin to the sun and environmental aggressors like heat, dirt, and chlorine in the water, which causes sun damage and summer breakouts like acne and other skin concerns.
People always notice that their skin has gotten so many breakouts and blemishes while they haven’t significantly changed their skincare routine.
In this blog, we’ll share some common causes of summer breakouts and their solutions, so that you can get your skin’s natural texture back on track and your skin looks and feels cleaner, brighter and smoother.
Common Causes of Summer Breakouts
Most people use water-proof sunscreen which leads to skin problems. These types of sunscreen use oil-based ingredients that can potentially go deep into pores and block the pores which is the leading cause of acne bacteria. And the result is skin-breakouts.
However, this type of skin concern can be avoided by using a unique sunscreen layering technique, start by applying a non-water resistant sunscreen then apply a water-resistant sunscreen over top. This unique technique prevents pores from clogging.
After that remove the excess surface oil and finally dust on a layer of powder sunscreen over the first two sunscreens. This will ensure your skin is protected from the sun without clogging your pores.
Heat is also one of the major causes of summer breakouts. When you go outside, more oil will flow through the pores, and the oil leads to bacteria that cause skin breakouts.
The right solution is to stay cool, but if this isn’t possible, I recommend using products that remove excess oil without stripping the skin. The Benton Deep Green Tea Cleansing Foam is a good choice. It gently removes oil and breakout-causing bacteria from the skin
If your skin feels overheated and you want to cool it down fast, you should use a cold compress or a bag of frozen vegetables taken from your freezer, or you could apply a gel-based mask that you keep in the fridge. It helps in instantly lowering the temperature of the skin as well as you’ll get a bonus of skin-soothing and breakout-fighting ingredients
- Sweat and Certain Items of Clothing
Sweat can create a barrier to the pores, which can result in blockages. These sweat-related breakouts are often found in areas where fabric is pressed against the skin for long periods, like hats, sports bras, and other tight-fitting accessories. They can cause a ‘backup’ of sweat and oil in the pores.
The most beneficial solution to this problem is to stay cool to sweat less, but it’s hardly possible. So, always try to avoid tight-fitting, non-breathable fabrics for long periods.
You should also cleanse your skin once you get inside, to cleanse, use a non-drying, sulfate-free cleanser like Some By Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Acne Clear Foam to tackle breakouts. It exfoliates your skin gently and keeps pores clear.
- Chlorine and Saltwater
Many people love to enjoy the sea bath and pool in summer. Chlorine and saltwater in the pool and sea have a high pH and can put your skin in an alkaline state that causes dryness. Overdry and dehydrated skin can cause even more breakouts.
When skin becomes too dry, there is a build-up of dead skin on the surface. If that build-up is not removed through exfoliation, it can produce oil and bacteria in the pores, which result in summer breakouts.
So, how you can prevent this from happening? It’s so simple, make sure you use a gentle and sulfate-free cleanser to wash your skin as soon as possible, the longer it’s in contact with your skin, the drier it will become. Then follow it up with a moisturizer like Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Re-Cover – 55ml or whatever suits your skin. This will keep your skin cells plump and hydrated.
Like chlorine and saltwater that we mentioned above, traveling, especially airplane travel can cause even more breakouts. The air in an airplane cabin is super dry. It will pull water from wherever it can find it, including your skin. When your skin becomes dehydrated, results in dead cell surface build-up. If they are not removed, they trap oil and bacteria and lead to breakouts.
However, it doesn’t mean you have to worry about traveling. The best way to adopt an effective travel skincare routine whenever you travel. Stick to basics like cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. You can also use a non-drying spot treatment to tackle any breakouts like Cosrx AC Collection Acne Patch 26Ea (Pouch).
So, these are some common causes of summer breakouts. We hope that this post will help you to identify some of the reasons you might be breaking out more than usual right now. I also hope it will work for you.