Those gloriously long, sunny summer days have one nasty drawback: the breakouts that sweat and sweltering temps provoke. And as if facial acne isn’t bad enough, body bumps on the chest, back and bum often emerge just in time for swimsuit season. Since pimples take a few weeks to form under skin, it’s never too early to start your clear skin habits.
Don’t wait until you break out
If you are prone to acne, treat your skin even when there aren’t visible pimples. A healthy skin routine includes daily cleansing and exfoliation with a gentle manual scrub or product with an active ingredient like salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide. The same goes for the body, which can tolerate higher concentrations. When you’re clear, don’t stop using them altogether. Simply scale back in order to maintain your results.
Mind your hair products
During the summer, we all sweat from our scalp more, and that drip transfers hair products to your skin, resulting in breakouts along the hairline and on your forehead. Switch to more natural hair care, or skip styling products altogether if you’ll be sweating heavily. Applying acne treatments more generously to the edge of the face can also help.
Skip spandex, stick to cotton
Between biking, hiking, working out and running, we all tend to be more active during the warm weather months. Trendy synthetic fabrics like spandex that don’t allow skin to breathe can breed acne-causing bacteria on your body. Cotton and other natural fibers that absorb and aerate sweat will prevent body breakouts. Choose cotton for summer pajamas, too, to ward off overnight sweat.
Wear less makeup
Thick foundation and sweat are a pimple-causing duo. Try a mattifying primer to help blur imperfections and combat shine followed by a light mineral powder or BB/CC cream for weightless coverage. If you need to mask a zit, spot treat with concealer instead of wearing a whole layer of full coverage all over.