Summer is your skin’s worst enemy. If you’re anything like me, you might have had relatively blemish-free skin all year, that is, until the heat started to come in. But did you know that there are ways in which you can treat and even avoid pimples altogether during the summer? This fool-proof guide will help you keep your skin blemish-free all year round.
Ways to Avoid Heat Pimples
1. Cleanse And Exfoliate
Here’s a fun fact- pimples are essentially nothing but dead skin cells that mix with the sebum in your skin and clog up your pores. The clogged pore swells up with bacteria growing within it. I know, gross. But the next time you feel too lazy to cleanse or exfoliate your skin, you know what to think about. Cleansing helps prevent the buildup of dirt and bacteria on your skin while exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells that keep your pores from breathing. To keep your skin healthy, wash it after every sweaty workout. If you have oily skin, wash it in the morning as well as at night and if you have dry skin, washing it once before bed will do. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
2. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Ugh, sweat. I think we all agree that the constant loss of moisture from our bodies is one of the worst things about summer. Not only does it leave you feeling sticky and icky, but it also dehydrates your sebaceous glands and pushes them into overdrive, making them produce way too much oil to keep your skin moisturized. And this, you guessed it, leads to pimples. The best way to tackle this is to keep replenishing your body with water. Another way to deal with this issue, and this might sound a bit counterproductive, is to use water-based moisturizers. I know, it might not seem to make sense to moisturize when your face is already oily, but this is the best way to calm the sebaceous glands and control oil production.
3. Avoiding Harmful Sun Exposure
Apart from sucking the life and moisture out of your skin and causing sunburns, dryness, irritation, and sunspots, sun exposure can also increase the rate at which your skin cells die. And we already know that dead skin cells are a big no-no when you’re trying to avoid acne. You can control this by covering up with hats and thin scarves when you are out in the sun. Using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and SPF-enriched cosmetics is ideal.
4. Shower Time = Spa Time
As inviting as bubble baths are, I was as surprised to find out that showers are much more efficient at getting rid of dead cells, dirt, and grime, than baths. It makes sense when you think about it. I mean, because a bath is, in essence, just a soak in your own filth. So the next time you feel like giving yourself a little spa-like treatment in your bathtub, shower instead. Make a night of it by using some nice-smelling soap-free shower gels containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc. to help combat everything the heat has been putting your skin through.
5. Topical Treatment
When all else fails, and you’ve ended up with a breakout, it’s time to break out the topical treatment. Using creams and lotions containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide will help speed up the skin’s healing process after a breakout. It’ll also prevent future episodes. Salicylic acid dissolves the top layers of the epidermis to release the pus, dirt, and oil that’s usually trapped within a zit while benzoyl peroxide, tackles the inevitable bacterial growth that forms within a pimple.
6. Natural Remedies And A Healthy Diet
If you’re not a fan of commercial topical treatments, you can use natural ingredients like aloe vera, rose water, and tea tree oil, which are known to be efficient pimple-curing treatments. Apart from keeping yourself hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet is also essential because everyone knows that poor nutrition makes for acne-prone skin.
Keeping your skin clear can be arduous in the hot months, but with these simple tips handy, even a tough foe like summer can be faced up to with ease. Do you have any tips of your own? Tell us in the comments section below.
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