Acne In Summer And How To Avoid Breakouts
We’ve discussed acne in winter and how to avoid breakouts (recap here), and, while breaking out in summer isn’t exactly novel, it’s still annoying AF, so we wanted to get some expert tips on how to avoid such seasonal skin disasters. We turned to Dr. Lamees Hamdan of Shiffa skincare for an honest conversation about acne in summer and how to avoid the inevitable breakout cycle.
According to Dr. Hamdan, “the heat and humidity is a great breeding ground for bacteria,” hence why summer seems to make acne at an all-time high. Oh, the joys of womanhood.
The food/ acne connection: “As a doctor, I am seeing more people with adult acne, and I do believe there is a strong gut/food connection,” explains Dr. Hamdan. “So first, before I give any advice, I would say start with identifying if the root cause is gut/food related. I call this face food mapping! If [pimples are] diffused all over the face, it might be due to excess sugar (or too many white carbs). On the chin? Try avoiding dairy for two months and see if it helps. In general, the fewer white carbs and less sugar you consume, the better your skin will look.”
Double-cleansing is vital: “Ok, now on to summertime. Because of the heat, humidity, sun and makeup/sunscreens, etc. clogging your pores, you need to be extra diligent with cleansing your skin. I recommend a double cleanse at night with a gentle cleanser and using a clean muslin cloth to gently wipe the cleanser away while also gently exfoliating skin.”
Use a clay-based cleanser in summer: “I like using clay-based, creamy cleansers. I don’t like foam cleansers, even for summer. I personally use Shiffa Aromatic Facial Cleanser with gentle pink clay to draw out impurities and hyssop and tea tree to prevent breakouts, as they are both effective antibacterial essential oils.”
Not all toners are created equal; choose wisely: “I recommend toners in summer both after cleansing and spritzing on during the day to gently cleanse and refresh skin. Choose formulas containing rose or neroli waters, bacterial ferments, and antioxidants. I recommend my Shiffa Balancing Toner, as it was specially formulated by me for those with adult acne, and contains organic sulphur, which helps eliminate acne with constant use, and has rose water, ferments, and soduim hyaluronate, which draws water into the skin and gives a lovely plumping effect, helping make pores look smaller.”
Opt for powder coverage, not liquids: “Try avoiding creamy makeup, and, if you can, forgo liquid foundations all together. If you feel you do need coverage, choose a powder-based foundation, which is less likely to clog pores.”
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Oily skin summer hydration is a must: “Although its summer, your skin still needs hydration, so use lighter moisturizers or a few drops of facial oil made for oily skin types, and apply it while your skin is wet, so you can spread it all over your face using less oil.”
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Summer anti-acne masks aren’t one size fits all: “Once a week, use a salicylic face mask. Salicylic acid is great to treat acne. On another day, also once a week, try using a powdered clay-based mask that you reconstitute with water. I like Dr. Alkaitis Powdered Organic Universal Mask or Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Shiffa Tri Acid Radiance Peel.”
DIY dietary supplements to help acne: “I love drinking 1/4 teaspoon of Pure Radiance C by the Synergy Company. It is a 100% natural vitamin C powder and contains many phytonutrients and cofactors that synthetic vitamin C powders do not contain.”
What are your anti-acne summer tips? Let us know in the comments below.