How to Prevent Breakouts in Summer

How to Prevent Breakouts in Summer

Sweat and humidity can catalyze breakouts. It isn’t the actual sweat that causes pimples to surface, but the bacteria it hosts. Perspiration means pores are opening up. This allows more space for dirt and excess oil to enter, leading to an increased frequency of clogged pores.

Fortunately, as the summer heat amps up and outdoor physical activities reach a seasonal zenith, there are ways to prevent your skin from breakouts erupting like a volcano.

Remember to Clean Daily

Keeping bacteria out of pores is the best way to prevent breakouts. Whether you suffer from mild forms of breakouts, or just occasional flares, it is important to keep the surface of skin clean and free from impurities like bacteria that can invade pores.
“Whether or not you have acne, it’s important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin’s surface,” advises WebMD. Washing more often than twice daily is not necessarily better. It may do more harm than good in trying to prevent breakouts. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser without parabens or harsh sulfates that can skin of its protective outer layer. Using a harsh detergent-based soap can also increase irritation, redness and inflammation of already existing breakouts.
Avoid scrubbing your skin too harshly with a washcloth, exfoliating glove or loofah (a coarse-textured sponge). For washing your face, be sure to use something soft, like a cloth or your own hands, which should be clean. Always rinse well. Then pat your face with a clean towel. (Toss the towel in the laundry hamper, as dirty towels spread bacteria)

If Soap and Water Aren’t Available, Chose a Mild Cleansing Alternative

If you are camping this summer or just a fan of being outdoors, many natural and essential oils can be used as a substitute for soap. Just in case you can’t get to a sink.
Castor oil has been hailed as an effective cleaner that gently dissolves impurities while hydrating the skin.
“The oil cleansing method is effective for many reasons,” says the “First of all, it makes use of castor oil, which has anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic properties, making it a powerful healing agent which can help to draw impurities out of your skin. Second, believe it or not oil actually helps to dissolve dirt, oil, and impurities in your skin (this is why many effective eye makeup removers are oil-based).
“Furthermore, since you are not stripping your skin of its natural oils by washing it with over-the-counter face washes (which can contain all sorts of chemicals and detergents) your skin is given an opportunity to find balance,” the site’s author explains. “Your skin won’t need to frantically overproduce oil to compensate for your face wash, thus leaving your pores relaxed and clog-free.”

Restore Skin’s Natural Moisture

Over-washing skin can lead to a breakdown of its natural barrier made of sebum and other oils. It’s important to restore skin’s nutrients as sweat and sun extract its moisture throughout the day. Avoid using abrasive cleansers containing parabens and sulfates. Exposure to harsh detergents during the summer can encourage further irritation. It is also recommended some might want to stay away from extreme acne ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
According to, “after cleansing, use a product containing salicylic acid to help remove dead skin cells, which also clogs pores. If you have oily skin that breaks out due to sweat and humidity or normal skin that only breaks out during the summer, you probably don’t need to use benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These ingredients use by some individuals might dry out the skin and actually cause the production of more oil by the sebaceous glands, leading to breakouts.”
Attempt to use non-irritating moisturizers and cleansers with natural oils that work to even skin’s pH balance, such as: Virgin Hemp Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and ingredients like Aloe and Honey, which sooth and provide skin with deep healing hydration.

Chose Natural, Non-Irritating Forms of SPF Protection

According to the Environmental Working Group’s standards, “sunscreens made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide generally score well in EWG’s ratings because: they provide strong sun protection with few health concerns; they don’t break down in the sun; zinc oxide offers good protection from UVA rays – titanium oxide less so, but better than most other active ingredients.”
Many lotions and sun tanning creams advertising SPF protection are comedogenic, meaning they will clog pores.
Other aspects of SPF protection which should be avoided are: harsh preservatives; sulfates and parabens.
According to an article published on Women’s Health, “paraben preservatives (are) associated with both acute and chronic side effects; parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-) can induce allergic reactions, hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity. While butylparaben was reported to be non-carcinogenic in rats and mice, but it has been previously suspected that parabens and other chemicals in underarm cosmetics may contribute to the rising incidence of breast cancer.”


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