It’s peak summer here in Australia, and while some of us might love the heat, our skin, most likely, does not. Warm temperatures and humidity can cause an increase in sweat and oil production on our skin, resulting in an increase in acne.
Here are some tips on how to manage summer acne:
1. Wash your face and develop a summer skincare routine
It sounds like the most straightforward advice but increased sweat can clog pores and lead to trapped sweat and oil.
Make sure to wash your face twice a day - morning and night - but don’t overdo it. Reach for a gentle, foaming cleanser or Face Cleansing Brush to help get rid of dirt, sweat, makeup, SPF, and other radicals that can build-up on your skin overtime.
Try using lightweight lotions and serums in summer, instead of heavy creams and serums. Our best advice for a summer skincare routine? Less is more.
2. Exfoliate weekly for clear pores
Exfoliating your skin throughout the year is important, but especially in summer when our pores can get easily irritated and clogged. If you don’t have time to visit a salon, reach for an at-home microdermabrasion device weekly to help clear blocked pores, especially around your nasal area.
3. Regularly wash anything that touches your face
Wash your pillow case, sheets, sunglasses, phones, and basically anything else that touches your face!
These items accumulate dirt, dust, and any oil, sweat, or buildup from your skin, increasing the chances that this bacteria will cause acne and breakouts on your skin. To see if this might be causing your summer acne, take a look at your cheeks and bridge area of your nose, or see if your acne occurs in the same general area.
Make sure to change your sheets and pillow once a week and try wiping down your phone and sunglasses at least once a day when you get home.