Why Does My Skin Break Out in the Summer?

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Summer’s heat and humidity increase the amount of sweat and oil on your skin. Dead skin cells and excess oil become trapped inside your pores, where they can form blemishes.

How Can I Prevent Breakouts in the Summer?

The following tips can help reduce your risk of getting summer breakouts:

  • Use a foaming cleanser twice a day.
  • Fill a small bottle with witch hazel and lightly mist your face when it’s feeling oily
  • Use an astringent as long as it doesn’t sting or burn your skin
  • Choose an oil-free sunscreen
  • Choose an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer
  • Avoid sugary, high-glycemic foods, which can cause your insulin levels to rise and your skin to produce more oil

Why Does My Skin Break Out at the Beach?

Rubbing a beach towel on your face and body can stimulate your follicles and worsen acne. In addition, sitting around in a wet swimsuit can make bacteria more likely to grow and will leave sweat and oils on your face, back, and other areas. Wearing a tight hat or clothing can trap sweat and choosing a sunscreen with oil in it can also make you more acne-prone.

Why Do I Get More Acne in the Summer?

Summer means hotter temperatures, which leads to more sweating and oilier skin. Your pores get clogged with oil, and bacteria can build up and cause breakouts.

Can Hot Weather Cause Pimples?

If you’re prone to getting pimples, you’ll probably get more in warmer weather. You’re more likely to sweat and have oiler skin, and your pores are more likely to become clogged with oil and bacteria, which can lead to pimples.

Why Do I Break Out When It’s Hot?

Heat opens your pores more than usual, as your skin produces more oil, they become clogged. When your pores are clogged with debris and bacteria, you’re more likely to suffer from breakouts.

How Do I Stop Breaking Out in Humid Weather?

Tailor your skin-care routine and use a moisturizer that’s less heavy, and look for a non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen. You should also change out of your workout clothes and shower after exercising so you can clean your skin and avoid acne on your face and back. If you tend to have oily skin, use a clay mask once a week and also use a cleanser with salicylic acid to help ward off breakouts.

How Can I Protect My Skin from Pimples in the Summer?

Use lighter skin care products in the summer and keep your skin clean by washing it twice a day as well as after you sweat. Face-cleansing wipes are also handy to carry with you for quick clean-up.

If summer makes your skin break out, make an appointment today with Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, FL. Our experienced dermatologists are dedicated to providing personalized treatments in a compassionate manner.

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