Megha Asher, Founder, Juicy Chemistry, says that acne is a true menace – whether it’s summer, winter, monsoon, spring or autumn. But in the summer, things can get out of hand so it’s important to be careful and take care of your skin! With prickly heat, the bright sunlight and all that sweating, acne can spin out of control. So here’s how I’d recommend you take care of your skin.
The Root of the Problem
It’s really important to figure out what it is that triggers your acne. If your acne is a result of hormones, then while you can’t completely suppress it, you can learn how to manage it. A lot of times, acne is the result of our food habits. Try to eat fresh, organic food. More of leafy green vegetables and less of processed foods. Try to cut out the junk food – all those chips, biscuits, wafers what-not. It’s not easy, so start gradually. Instead of eating a biscuit –opt for a fruit. You really are what you eat and even the smallest action makes a difference!
Staying hydrated is a big part of staying healthy during the summer. Your body is happy and so is your skin. If you’re not drinking enough water, it could help with acne too.
Your Skincare Routine
Heat leads to increased sweating. This sweat can then clog your hair follicles. Clogged hair follicles begin to accumulate sebum which then becomes acne. The first thing to keep in mind, particularly given the COVID-19 pandemic, is to wash your hands often and to avoid touching your face. Our hands come in contact with a lot of surfaces and if we keep touching our face with unclean hands, it can contribute to acne.
When it comes to skincare, less is more during the summer. But one thing is definitely a must – sun protection! Even if you stay indoors, UV rays can penetrate through the windows so make sure to put on SPF.
If you have sensitive skin, opt for mineral sunscreens. Look out for ingredients such as zinc. It is very soothing for the skin. You can opt for light-weight chemical sunscreens too. If you have oily skin, in the summer things can get very greasy very quickly. Opt for a mattifying sunscreen.
Be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly; in the morning and at night as well. Your skin needs to breathe. Opt for organic sulphate-free cleansers with ingredients such as neem and tea tree can be really good for acne-prone skin as both are anti-bacterial.
Hemp, Tea Tree and Neem face wash is the best option. It does the job without stripping away the skin’s natural oils. This is something to be very careful about. Don’t over-cleanse or over-exfoliate. Pay attention to your skin. Treat it like a baby! Don’t rub your towel – always pat dry.
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Choosing the right moisturiser is very important in the summer. Swap out those thick, creamy moisturisers for light-weight and gel-based formulas. You can even opt for face oils such as Jojoba and Marula oil. They’re very lightweight and absorb easily into the skin. I’d also recommend using a detoxifying face mask once to twice a week (depending on how much your skin can handle).
Our Kakadu Plum face mask is a great option for acne-prone skin. Use soothing face-mists such as our Lavender face mist. It controls inflammation and soothes the skin.
Watch What You Wear
I’m all for wearing organic fabrics because they let the skin breathe. Body acne can be very irritating and difficult to manage. Avoid wearing synthetic clothes. You’re sweating a lot as it is and synthetic fabrics simply trap the moisture. Extreme heat and direct sunlight can also make acne worse and increase inflammation so remember to take extra care protecting the delicate skin on your face too. Wear a hat when you can or wrap a scarf or dupatta over your face before venturing out.
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Also, it doesn’t matter how tired you are, do not lounge around in your sweaty gym clothes! Shower immediately after a workout. Opt for organic sulphate-free body washes with anti-bacterial ingredients such as tea tree. I’d also recommend staying away from spray-on antiperspirants or roll-on deodorants. They can make things worse too. Opt for an organic and natural deodorant instead.
Last, but most certainly not the least, resist the urge to pop your pimples! Popping pimples can cause inflammation. What’s more, the germs tend to spread to other parts of your skin. For treating acne, you have to be patient with your skin. Most importantly, don’t let your acne affect your mental health or self-esteem! Most of us have experienced acne problems in our lives and it is completely normal! Don’t ever let your acne affect your energy spirits. Be gentle with yourself and your skin!