Have you noticed a sudden increase in acne breakouts during the summers? Well, you’re not alone. An increase in humidity makes your sebaceous glands go in overdrive and produce more oil, leading to clogged pores and acne problems. Frustrating, isn’t it?
But DW, we have some tips that will help. Scroll down for five super simple tips and tricks to keep excess sebum production in check and those pesky breakouts at bay.
- 01. Use a gentle cleanser
- 02. Exfoliate regularly
- 03. Moisturise without fail
- 04. Use non-comedogenic makeup
- 05. Stay hydrated
01. Use a gentle cleanser
Cleansing is one of the first and most important steps when it comes to preventing breakouts. Choose a gentle cleanser that gets rid of the dirt and impurities without stripping the moisture from the skin. Wash your face at least twice a day to keep pesky pimples away.
BB picks: Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash
02. Exfoliate regularly
If exfoliation isn’t already a part of your skincare routine, we need to talk. Regular exfoliation keeps dead skin cells, dirt, oil and other impurities from clogging the pores and increasing the risk of breakouts. That’s why it’s imperative to exfoliate your face at least 1-2 times a week using a gentle face scrub to get rid of build-up.
BB picks: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
03. Moisturise without fail
If you’re under the assumption that your skin doesn’t require a moisturiser in the summer, you couldn’t be more wrong. The high humidity levels can zap the moisture out of your skin and disrupt the skin’s barrier function. That’s why it’s essential to moisturise your skin, yes, even if you have oily skin. But instead of using a thick product, opt for something lightweight and gel-based. Doing so will moisturise the skin without leaving it sticky or greasy.
BB picks: Lakme 9 To 5 Matte Moist Mattifying Moisturiser
04. Use non-comedogenic makeup
You need to be careful while choosing your makeup products too. During the summers, use lightweight makeup products labelled as non-comedogenic (won’t clog the pores). Additionally, you should also opt for mattifying makeup products to keep the excess oil in check.
05. Stay hydrated
The harsh summer rays and scorching heat can leave your body extremely dehydrated, which can affect your skin over time, leaving it dull and lifeless. To avoid these problems, it is vital to stay hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 tall glasses of water a day and include enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. Water helps in flushing out the toxins from your body, which drastically reduces the chances of summer acne.
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Written by Urvi Dalal on Apr 09, 2021
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!