If you are battling breakouts, you might notice that it gets worse in the summer.  You are not the only one dealing with this.  Warmer temperatures are linked to breakouts.  Heat can create the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which can get trapped in clogged pores, resulting in blemishes. 

Acne does not get worse because of sun exposure.  Most of the time it is related to increased oil production, sweating and clogged pores that occur with the warmer temperatures.  Hotter temperatures cause us to layer on the sunscreen but when mixed with sweat and grime that concoction can lead to breakouts.

Steps to Avoid Summer Acne:

It is extremely important to remove all dirt, sweat and grime while cleansing.  During summer months it is recommended to cleanse twice a day.  Double Cleanse before bed. 

Use lightweight Sunscreen & Moisturizer during the day.  Derma MD Sun Protect SPF30 is an all-in-one lightweight, SPF 30 moisturizer that can be used daily.  It is very important to use sunscreen that will not clog your pores.  Most sunscreens are heavier and thicker than a normal moisturizer.  This can contribute to pores clogging. 

Exfoliate your skin weekly.  A buildup of dead skin cells also contributes to clogged pores and acne, so you should add an exfoliating product to your skin regimen once a week, especially during the summer months.  Choose a gentle exfoliating product with fine particles such as Derma MD Exfoliating Micro Peel Crème.

Finally, as tempting as it may be, you should never pop or pick at your pimples.  Doing so can lead to inflammation, hyperpigmentation & scarring.  Instead, apply a topical treatment with salicylic acid such as Derma MD Wasabi Resurfacing Gel. 

Skincare Specialist
Donna Greenough
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