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If your skin has a tendency breakoutВ come summer, you're not alone. The combination of triple-digit temperatures and outdoor activities makes the perfect breeding ground for a blemishВ or two. вЂњPeople tend to break out in the summertime because the hot, humid weather means more sweating and oil accumulation on the skin. Ultimately, this means more food to feed acne and block pores,вЂќ says Joshua Zeichner, MD, of Zeichner Dermatology. So as not to let warm-weather acne wreak havoc on our faces, we asked a few dermatologists how to prevent summer breakouts from happening.
Since the weather, specifically hot weather, greatly affects our skin, Charlene DeHaven, MD, and clinical director of iS Clinical skincareВ says it's important to plan seasonal skincare routines. So, just what should we be doing differently in the summer than in the winter? According to dermatologists, we should change up ourВ cleansing routine, wash our hair more frequently, and retire our toner.В For more dermatologist-recommended ways in which to ward off summer breakouts, keep on reading.
1. Use Oil-Free SunscreeniS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50 Plus $38Shop
According to DeHaven, both acne and sunburns are inflammatory processes. To avoid inflaming your skin come summer, DeHaven recommends avoiding sunburns by wearing a daily sunscreen. And while many sunscreens are notorious for causing breakouts, DeHaven assures us that iS Clinical's SPF is unlikely to cause blemishes due to its non-comedogenic (aka non-acne-forming) formula, which won't clog pores.
2. Wash Your Hair FrequentlyDove Dermacare Scalp Pure Daily Care Shampoo $5Shop
If you suffer from forehead acne come summer, Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD, says to frequently wash your hair, as this will prevent oil from clogging your pores. His favorite shampoo to treat this breakout-prone area? Dove's new Dermacare line, which is also hydrating for your strands.
3. Beware of TonerRenГ©e Reouleau BHA Clarifying Serum $49Shop
If you suffer from oily skin, you likely use toner to dry up excess oil, which is okay on occasion-but regular use is a big summer skincare no-no, says DeHaven. While toner makes skin feel dry for the moment, that same dry skin, DeHaven explains, sends messages to sebaceous glands to produce more oil. In other words, your pores are likelier to get clogged when you use toner. So what should we be using instead to get rid of our excess oils? According to Zeichner, productsВ with salicylic acid a good replacement.
4. Properly CleanseFirst Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads $30Shop
While it's important to wipe away excess oil and sweat, especially in the summer, Friedman cautions against over washing, as this can dry skin out, create more inflammation, and induce acne. Instead, instate a proper cleansing routine (once or twice a day) in which you thoroughly clean out pores and increase epidermal turnover, says DeHaven.
5. Wash Off SweatAquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban $30Shop
If you're working out in the hot sun, Zeichner recommends wearing appropriate workout gear that wicks away sweat from the skin. Friedman seconds this: "Look for loose-fitting, breathable clothing to prevent occlusion." To further prevent body acne, Friedman and Zeichner recommend showering after a workout or at least using a towel with water to remove remaining sweat salts.
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