You need to look after your skin throughout the year and this is even more true in the summer months. After spending months in a winter darkness, it’s very tempting to head out into the sun for a good sunbathing session. Then of course, there’s all that time spent on the beach enjoying yourself. It can all seem so wonderful and care-free.
However for those of you with acne, you might want to think about a few things before heading off to the beach. Of course, there’s no reason not to enjoy yourself, just take some steps to care for your skin. You might be under the impression that exposure to the sun is great for your acne-prone skin as it will burn off your spots. However too much UV light isn’t a good idea. The sun will only burn off the upper layer of skin which isn’t of any help when dealing with the real causes of acne. Any positive effects you will enjoy will merely be temporary. So when your pores become clogged with sebum again the spots will be back.
Another issue is sweat. When you’re hot you’ll sweat more than usual. And this isn’t good for acne as it can block the pores of your skin. So if you’re sweating a lot, make sure you clean the sweat away frequently with clean water.
Another issue to concern yourself with is that sun and wind can actually fry out your skin. Although you might think this is a good thing, it’s actually not. When your skin dries out you’ll develop lesions and cracks that can take quite a while to heal. Also, if it’s windy you can end up with dust and sand being blowing into your skin.
The type of sunscreen you use should also be looked at. Those that contain oil can easily block up the pores of your skin and cause pimples to develop. So use a good quality sunscreen that won’t block up your pores.
When cleaning your skin it’s important to use products that are specially designed to work with acne. There’s no point in using a product that’s only going to make your skin worse.