When you’re looking all summertime fine in your favorite hot-weather attire, the last thing you want to do is worry about body breakouts and blemishes. Unfortunately, when the temperatures rise, pimples start popping up even more.
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It’s so annoying, especially since the season calls for shorts, swimsuits and tank tops. But the good news is that you don’t have to spend your summer broken out and covered up. Dermatologist Sean McGregor, DO, shares some watch-outs, dos and no-nos when it comes to managing summer acne.
Why the summer months bring on more breakouts
If you’ve been battling breakouts for a long time, you might notice that they get worse in the summer. You’re not the only one dealing with this. Dr. McGregor says recent studies have linked breakouts to warmer temperatures.
“Several studies have shown a correlation between the summer months and acne development. One of them even looked at Google trends to see if acne-related searches increased over the summer as opposed to other times of the year. But acne doesn’t get worse because of sun exposure. Most of the time, it’s related to increased oil production, sweating and more clogging of the pores that occur with the warmer temperatures.”
Hotter temps don’t seem to stop us from layering on sunscreen, lotion, body butter or oil to keep our skin glowing and moisturized. But when you mix in sweat, grime and other factors, that concoction can lead to more breakouts.
“In the summer months, increased sweating can lead to clogged or obstructed pores. But we do know that certain sunscreens and moisturizers, especially those that are a little bit thicker, can contribute to more clogging and further the development of acne.”
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