Five Ways to Take Care of Your Skin and Your Inner Self During the Summer

Many people may be prone to acne breakouts during the summer, which can affect their confidence. Here are five ways to reduce the chances of developing acne.

It’s important for people to feel comfortable in their own skin. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with flawless skin or has the financial means for high-end facial treatments to avoid developing facial skin conditions.

One common condition many people experience is acne breakouts. This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects 50 million Americans of all ages and genders. And while it’s not a life-threatening condition, unlike women with facial moles or men with long eye-lashes, acne (and acne scars) can be a source of embarrassment and self-esteem issues.

Acne occurs when dead skin cells, sebum, and hair clog your pores and trap excess oils under your skin. When your pores are plugged, it’s vulnerable to bacteria that makes the plug swell. Acne is often confused with pimples, so try to remember that acne is the skin condition while pimples are a symptom of acne.

Because of the way your skin secretes oil, more people are prone to acne during the summer. Here are five ways you can reduce the risk of developing acne and improve your inner self during the hotter season:

Use an Appropriate Facial Wash

There are plenty of facial cleansers in the market, but it’s best to use a mild face wash for acne-prone skin that’s specifically designed to reduce the risk of acne. These types of cleansers can keep your face clean by removing tiny residual particles like dead skin cells, dirt, and other contaminants that could clog your pores during the day. It can also remove the excess oils that could build up and trigger acne breakouts.

See a Doctor about Hormones and Medications

Hormones can play a huge factor in triggering acne, so teenagers going through puberty, pregnant women, and women in their period are more prone to acne. While regular acne does not require serious medical attention, you can talk to a dermatologist about medications for your hormones as well as certain medicines you might be taking (e.g. birth control pills, corticosteroids, medications containing testosterone) that trigger acne.

Clean Your Face After Makeup

Let’s get the myth out of the way: not all makeup will not give you acne or interfere with the medication used to treat acne. What it can do, however, is clog your pores if you’re not careful or use a certain type of makeup. If you’re using a thick layer of a full-coverage foundation, for example, and you don’t wash it off at the end of the day, your makeup could be clogging your pores, which could lead to acne. Also, use non-oily cosmetics, also known as non-comedogenic makeup.

Change Your Diet

Contrary to many myths, eating greasy food does not cause acne. The only way greasy food can trigger acne is if that food’s oil makes its way to your skin and blocks your pores. While there are smaller studies on what foods could cause acne, there’s a 2009 study that suggests refined sugars, carbohydrates, and processed food are a possible cause of acne.

Get Enough Sleep and Meditate

Stress can trigger acne breakouts, so try to do things that reduce your stress levels. One way of doing this is by making sure you get enough sleep. One 2015 study found that over 65 percent of participants that said they were tired also had acne. This could be due to the body’s inflammatory compounds that trigger acne breakouts. Meditating can also help your body and mind relax; therefore, reducing the risks of developing acne.

By keeping your skin clean and free of impurities that could clog your pores and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, the chances of getting acne breakouts this summer could be low. But if acne continues to persist or is more severe than most cases, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

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