Summertime should be spent at fun outdoor parties, not dealing with a pimple party on your skin! Summer weather can wreak havoc on your skin as heat and humidity increase accumulation of sweat and oil on the skin.

Exfoliate but Don’t Overdo It
No matter how much you moisturize, your skin will become dry in the summer leading to a buildup of dead skin cells. To prevent breakouts, use a gentle exfoliant such as a gommage peel, 1-2 times per week. This will allow your skin to breathe and renew quickly resulting in a radiant complexion. Be careful not to exfoliate too often as this can strip your skin and wash away your skin’s protective barrier.

Moisturize for the Season
With winter behind you, swap out thick and heavy moisturizers with a lightweight serum or face lotion. Take it a step further and use mattifying products to soak up oil and sweat build-up on the skin. Use non- comedogenic products to avoid clogging your pores. The same goes for SPF sunscreen, use light SPFs so your skin can breathe. For those with extra-oily skin, use an oil-free sunscreen and opt for one with a gel base instead of a cream.

Skip the Makeup
One of the biggest pore clogging culprits in the summer is heavy makeup. Sweat plus oil plus heavy makeup is a recipe for a skin disaster. Swap out your foundation for a lightweight tinted moisturizer. Love powder foundation? Switch to a mineral foundation to help soak up oil and sweat on the skin’s surface.

Beat the Breakouts
Proper cleansing is very important. This means getting ahead of the game. Keep your face clean even if it doesn’t feel dirty. Minor sweating throughout the day is enough to clog your pores and trap bacteria inside. Keep makeup remover wipes along with lightweight moisturizer in your bag.

Follow these skin tips to prevent summer breakouts so you can spend more time outside enjoying the weather and less time inside picking at breakouts!

By Dr. Nirali Patel