It’s summer time and with the hot, sweaty days comes a companion we wish we’d left behind in high school – acne. The summer heat encourages your pores to get clogged and if you don’t stay on top of things, before too long you find yourself dealing with blemishes. What is a girl to do?
The first step is understanding what is causing your acne, then you can start to find a treatment. Depending on how bad your acne is, you might have to go see a dermatologist. If you just have an annoying summer breakout, though, you might find the answer to your problems here.
It’s not your fault
The first thing to remember is that your break-out isn’t your fault. Sure, there are ways to resolve acne with dietary and hygiene changes, but how susceptible you are to acne is genetic. A lot of your acne problems might also be caused by hormones. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t beat yourself up about your break-outs.
Despite the causes of acne being largely genetic and hormonal, there are certain factors that can aggravate acne if you’re genetically predisposed to developing it. Things like stress, taking hormones or birth control pills, the cosmetics you choose to use or how much you apply, and heat and humidity are all common contributing factors. Some people may also find that sunlight causes them to break out, while others might find that exposure to sunlight helps.
What You Can Do
There are a number of medical treatments available for acne from a doctor, but if your break-out isn’t too bad you can try to manage it yourself. Controlling your stress level and remembering to take off your makeup before bed, or even going makeup free some days, can go a long way to keeping your complexion clear.
You can also use gentle cleansers and moisturizers to avoid irritating your skin. Cleansing and moisturizing with natural oils avoids irritating your skin with harsh chemicals or stripping its moisture with alcohols and other preservatives. If those products also contain essential oils with anti-bacterial or calming properties – essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, lemongrass, rose or chamomile – even better!
Take care of yourself and your skin this summer.