If you have acne, you may have noticed that it gets worse in the summer. As the summer temperature rises pimples start popping out more.
What is Acne?
Acne is a common disorder of the skin affecting hair follicles and oil glands. These oil glands keep the skin lubricated and help to remove old skin cells.
Acne occurs when oil glands produce too much oil, causing pores to become blocked while accumulating dirt, debris, and bacteria. The most common acne symptoms include:
- Crusting of skin eruptions
- Inflammation or redness around the skin eruptions
Although acne is typically associated with adolescence, it can also occur in newborns and older individuals. Acne also tends to run in families.
What Causes Acne?
Acne typically occurs alongside hormonal changes in the body—such as menstrual periods, pregnancy or immense stress. Additionally, acne breakouts can stem from…
- Specific bacteria found on the skin.
- Taking certain medications like estrogen, testosterone and steroids.
- Using overly greasy or oily cosmetic products (including hair products).
- Experiencing high levels of heat and humidity that induce sweating.
There’s certainly no one-size-fits-all reason for acne flare-ups. However, identifying your skin’s triggers can help keep breakouts at bay.
Acne Treatment Options
The good news is that acne sufferers can experience relief from breakouts. A board-certified dermatologist can help you create an effective skincare routine and prescribe medications (if needed) to prevent the development and spread of acne.
“Acne treatment requires patience. It can take 3-4 months to see the full benefit of your treatment regimen.”
– Morgan Nixon, PA-C
Treatment options heavily depend on the severity and progression of the condition that a person is experiencing. You can read more about the specifics of acne treatment options here.
Summertime Skincare Tips for Acne-Prone Skin
Studies have found that acne flare-ups can frequently occur in hot, humid weather due to increased oil production, sweating, and greater exposure to dirt and grime that clogs pores.
So here are a few tips to help you ward off summer acne breakouts…
- Avoid heavy, thick lotions, creams, and cleansers.
- Use a sunscreen formulated for acne-prone skin.
- Cleanse the skin after working out, being outdoors, and sweating.
- Do not pick at or pop pimples as this can lead to further irritation, scarring, and infections.
- Use your fingers rather than towels or sponges when cleansing the skin to reduce irritation.
Warmer weather is great for many reasons, but acne isn’t one of them. Keep these tips in mind and switch to lightweight skincare products during summer to help keep acne breakouts at bay.
Clear Skin is Possible!
The spread and severity of acne can cause the condition to affect people differently. The most effective way to treat acne and prevent scarring is to work with a dermatologist to create a skincare regimen and treatment plan that fits your individual needs.
Schedule an appointment with any of our world-class dermatology providers to begin your journey to clearer skin today!