There are many things we love about summer, but sudden breakouts are not one of them. Record high temperatures, humidity, increased sweating––all these factors lead to dirt and grime sitting on your face and body, clogging your pores and causing acne-causing bacteria to grow. No thank you. The blistering heat can also cause your pores to open up more leaving your skin even more vulnerable to breakouts. But we’re here to tell you not to sweat it. Check out some of our favorite summer acne fighting treatments that will keep your skin as clear as a sunny summer day.
Try a milk cleanser
When skin is sweaty and oily, the natural tendency is to want to dry it out. But most acne cleansers can be too harsh, and leave the skin dehydrated and inflamed. A gentle milk cleanser can target acne while soothing and calming the skin. All-natural skin care ingredients such as cajeput and tea tree will help suppress bacteria lurking in your pores, while lemon brightens and rosemary helps firm and tone. Milk cleansers also gently suppress acne-causing bacteria while stimulating cell renewal––healing and protecting from environmental damage. Once you cleanse, you could consider skipping moisturizer if it’s really hot outside, but always remember your sunscreen.
Exfoliate 1-3 times a week
Summer skin means clogged pores and more, so it’s the perfect time to give your skin a fresh start. By exfoliating 1-3 times a week, you refine the skin’s surface and promote cell turnover. Peel exfoliants work to dissolve dead skin and build-up by using alpha hydroxy acid to reveal brighter, radiant skin, and when combined with aloe vera also works to soothe, soften, and protect.
Use a serum
Serums are nature’s little miracles, and using one designed specifically for acne works wonders when it comes to treating acne and preventing acne scars. All-natural botanicals such as cajeput, tea tree, and palma rosa help clear breakouts, while mushroom stem and rice bran condition and heal––working together to clear up acne, soothe redness, and prevent future breakouts.
Don’t forget the rest
Thanks to tighter clothing (think sweaty workout clothes) back acne can also rear its ugly head in the summer. A body polish exfoliating kit helps dissolve dead skin cells and buffs away dullness––smoothing rough, dry patches while cleansing the skin of acne-causing toxins. Gently apply with gloves by rubbing hands together and gently scrubbing from the neck down; giving extra attention to any dry, flaky areas. Added bonus? Gently exfoliating your body is also a great way to prevent ingrown hairs on any recently waxed areas.