Your Summer Skin Care Routine (for Acne-Prone Skin)

As the weather gets warmer and the humidity increases during the summer months, our skin’s sebaceous glands produce excess sebum or natural oil. This extra oil blocks pores which can cause blackheads and whiteheads – the most common presentation of acne.

Acne breakouts are common during the summer. Those of us with oily skin are more likely to experience these breakouts, as the bacteria and oils in the skin mix with sweat to clog pores and cause acne.

On the other hand, some people believe that the sun helps their acne, but this is not true.  Any benefit from the sun is temporary –  it is often the “look” of the acne that is improved since red pimples are not as visible when your skin is tan. You are also at an increased risk of acne scarring and hyperpigmentation if you expose your skin to the sun in an attempt to improve acne.

And it’s not news that UV rays from the sun have long-term, harmful effects on our skin. While we know protecting our skin from these skin cancer causing UV rays is most important, we should also realize that we are also protecting against premature skin aging and wrinkles.

Whether you follow skincare trends on TikTok or you peruse the skincare aisle at the drugstore, you have most likely been bombarded with plenty of sunscreens. So how do you choose? Our recommendation is to pick a non-comedogenic (or oil-free) physical sunscreen or sunblock with at least 5% zinc oxide to keep you protected against UVA and UVB. Our Skin Wise Sheer Antioxidant Physical Sunscreen, not only fits the bill, but is perfect for acne-prone skin. Wearing daily facial and body sunscreen is the best way to keep your skin healthy and youthful. But what are some other ways we can protect our skin during the summer months?

1. Invest in a good cleanser

For many, summer can make oily skin more oily. For others, summer can dry your skin – particularly if you swim in chlorinated pools. Finding a face wash that’s suited to your skin type is key. Cleansers help to remove excess oil, dirt, bug spray, and sunscreen residue.  Tip: Double cleanse with a cream based cleanser prior to using a gel based cleanser.

2. Add antioxidants in your skincare routine

If you don’t already, it’s time to add antioxidants in your skincare routine. Antioxidants not only protect your skin from environmental damage but also have anti-aging properties to boost collagen levels in your skin. Check out our Skin Wise Clincal Enhanced Vitamin C Serum if you want to opt for a serum that is natural and effective.

3. Exfoliate regularly

When it comes to your skin, exfoliation is key. Exfoliating removes the dirt, debris and dead skin which makes a huge difference to the health and appearance of your complexion. How often should you do it? We recommend 2-3 times weekly. Remember to use an exfoliant that is complementary to your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, don’t over-exfoliate and use a gentle exfoliating scrub and clay masque twice weekly. A gentle konjac sponge can be used daily with your cleanser.  Avoid harsh scrubs or aggressive products. Oily skin can be exfoliated more often than the other skin types. Try looking for products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or retinol.

4. Don’t forget to moisturize!

Whether you have sensitive, normal, combination, or oily skin, keep in mind that moisturizing is important to maintain skin hydration and keep your skin barrier intact – even in the summer!

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