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How to manage acne in the warmer, summer months…

We can all suffer from acne breakouts from time to time, regardless of age or sex. One thing we are often asked about is why acne symptoms are worse in summer. While there can be many contributing factors, one key reason is that people with oily skin tend to suffer more heavily with acne, and oil production is at its highest in summer, hence – a higher likelihood of acne. In this blog, we explore how you can prevent outbreaks during the warmer, summer months.

1) Get your skin summer-ready with microdermabrasion

Regular facials are great for keeping skin in tip-top condition and they will help it look its best, all summer long. To ensure you start the summer off on the right foot, try a SkinBase Microdermabrasion Facial which will gently remove the dead skin and build up that eventually leads to blocked pores and acne.

2) Cleanse daily

Oily skin will benefit from being washed both evening and night, using a cleanser that contains 1-2% salicylic acid. The acid helps to balance the excess oil that tends to strike during summer months. But whatever you do, don’t over-cleanse as this will break down the skin’s protective barrier, causing excessive dryness and irritation, and ultimately make the situation worse. For some, cleansing once per day may be all the skin can tolerate.

3) Don’t ignore back acne

For many, back acne is just as distressing as facial acne so it’s important to ensure you give your back the TLC it deserves. Choose a shower scrub that specifically states it’s ‘anti-acne’ and use at least once or twice a week. And, when choosing sunscreen, go for one that is oil free and quick absorbing to avoid exacerbating oil glands and instead leave a matt finish.

4) Less is more when it comes to moisturising

While skin requires moisture all year long, it might be wise to ease off heavy moisturisers in summer as increased oil generation will potentially cause acne. Your face will still need a light moisturiser to enable it to heal and repair, but use trial and error to see what works best and what balance is required to control your acne breakouts.

5) Don’t be afraid to shower more often

Unfortunately, sweat often goes hand in hand with the warmer summer months so if you’re taking part in activities which cause you to sweat more profusely, then simply 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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