Spring is definitely here and, hurray, we can see summer on the horizon. For many of us this means beach holidays, outdoor sports and dining outside – assuming the rain holds off for long enough! But for those struggling with acne, summer isn’t a great time of year, as frustratingly their skin can often appear more inflamed and spotty as the weather improves.
Does warmer weather cause acne?
There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to acne and warmer weather. Some people notice that more sunshine actually improves the quality of their skin, but if you’re prone to spots you may find that sun exposure actually aggravates your skin, making it more prone to breakouts and blackheads. This is mainly because acne is caused when oil from your face mixes with bacteria from the surface of your skin and your environment. This then clogs up pores and causes a spot to form. As heat stimulates oil production, there’s more chance that acne will spread and get worse — more oil equals more spots.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to combat acne-prone skin over the summer months.
How to stop acne breakouts as the weather gets warmer
Unsurprisingly the top recommendation is to wash your face regularly. Keeping the surface of your skin clean is one of the best ways to get rid of excessive oil to prevent acne from spreading. However, don’t scrub and use a gentle cleanser or mild anti-bacterial soap so you don’t irritate your skin cells and cause more redness. You need to make sure you’re wiping any excess oil away, especially if you work in a hot kitchen, workout regularly or are prone to perspire excessively in warm or hot weather.
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Just because the UK doesn’t hit tropical temperatures it doesn’t mean you need to skip the SPF. Check out our top tips for keeping your skin tip-top during the summer holiday months