It’s an unfortunate part of life, that whether you’re 15 or 55, you’ll have suffered from more than you fair share of breakouts. Acne doesn’t just affect teenagers, many women who hit menopause are also susceptible and it really makes no difference whether you’re male, female or what type of skin you have.

Find out all about acne treatments, helpful ways to get rid of acne scarring and plenty of other hints to getting clearer, more youthful skin through our Q&A section.

This weeks question covers ‘how to deal with summertime acne’

We’ve been asked time and time again to help provide some advice for those suffering from ‘summertime acne’. People with oily skin tend to suffer more heavily with acne, so how can you prevent an outbreak during the summer months?

The answer: How to deal with acne in summer months?

1.) Cleanse daily

If you have oily skin, it’s beneficial to wash your face at least twice daily with a cleanser that contains 1-2% salicylic acid. The acid should help to balance the excess oil that tends to strike during summer months. Don’t get into the habit of cleansing too often, however. For some, a once per day cleansing may be all the skin can tolerate. Cleansing too often can break down the skin’s protective barrier, causing excessive dryness and irritation, and ultimately worsen breakouts.

2.) Treat back acne – pick the right sunscreen

Lots of people also complain that back acne is a problem over summer, so make sure you choose a shower scrub that specifically states it’s for ‘anti-acne’. Choose oil-free, noncomedogenic, quick absorbing sunscreens which avoid exacerbating oil glands and instead leave a matt finish.

3.) Prepare with microdermabrasion

Before summer begins, try to keep your skin in good condition through facials such as microdermabrasion, which gently removes the dead skin and build up that eventually leads to blocked pores and acne.

4.) Ease up on moisturisers

As summertime acne is caused by an increased oil generation, it might be time to ease off on lots of moisturising products. You face will still need a little moisturiser to enable it to heal and repair, but test and see which balance seems to control your acne breakouts.

5.) If you sweat, shower!

If you’re taking part in activities which cause you to sweat more profousley, shower! The oil produced from sweating will only worsen your acne as it will increase your chances of blocked pores. Whether you’ve been at the park with the kids, or enjoying a kick around with friends – have a quick shower and avoid worsening breakouts.

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