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How to Treat and Prevent Summer Acne

Prevent Summer Acne

Summer is a season of fun in the sun, but it can also be a challenging time for your skin. The combination of heat, sweat, and sunscreen can often lead to acne flare-ups. Fortunately, there are effective strategies to both prevent and treat summer acne, ensuring your skin remains clear and healthy throughout the sunny months.

Preventing Summer Acne

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Keep Your Skin Clean:

  • Cleanse Regularly: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser to remove sweat, oil, and dirt. Look for products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help keep pores clear.
  • Post-Workout Wash: Always cleanse your skin immediately after sweating or exercising to prevent pore clogging.

Choose the Right Sunscreen:

  • Non-Comedogenic Formulas: Opt for sunscreens labeled as non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. Mineral-based sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are often less irritating and better suited for acne-prone skin.
  • Lightweight Textures: Gel or liquid sunscreens are preferable over thick creams, as they tend to be less likely to cause breakouts.

Hydrate Smartly:

  • Balancing Oils: Even in summer, your skin needs hydration. Instead of oil-free moisturizers, consider using lightweight, non-comedogenic oils that can help balance your skin’s oil production without clogging pores. Simply Oil® Facial Oil from our Simply Collection is an excellent choice.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your skin hydrated from within and can aid in flushing out toxins that might contribute to acne.

Avoid Touching Your Face:

  • Hands Off: Try to avoid touching your face, as your hands can transfer bacteria and oil to your skin, exacerbating acne.

Wear Breathable Fabrics:

Light and Airy Clothing: Opt for loose, breathable fabrics to reduce sweat accumulation and friction on your skin, especially if you’re prone to body acne.

Treating Summer Acne

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Spot Treatments:

  • Targeted Solutions: Apply spot treatments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid directly to blemishes. These ingredients help to reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria.


  • Gentle Exfoliation: Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. Use a gentle exfoliant to avoid irritation, and never over-exfoliate, as this can worsen acne.

Clay Masks:

  • Deep Cleanse: Use clay masks once a week to absorb excess oil and deep-clean your pores. Masks with ingredients like kaolin or bentonite clay can be especially effective. Try our Simply Clay Face Wash for a gentle yet effective cleanse.

Consult a Dermatologist:

Professional Help: If over-the-counter treatments aren’t working, consider seeing a dermatologist. They can prescribe stronger medications or recommend treatments like chemical peels or laser therapy that can effectively manage acne.

Sunscreen and Acne: Finding the Balance

Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, but some formulations can aggravate acne. Finding the right sunscreen is crucial. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people with acne-prone skin should look for sunscreens that are labeled as “non-comedogenic” and free of fragrances and oils. Mineral sunscreens, which contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, are often better tolerated by sensitive and acne-prone skin .

Keep Clear Skin all Summer Long

Summer acne doesn’t have to put a damper on your sunny days. By following these tips to prevent summer acne, you can maintain clear, healthy skin all season long. Remember, consistency is key in any skincare routine, and sometimes professional advice is necessary for stubborn cases. Enjoy your summer with confidence and radiant skin!

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-Dr. Papantoniou

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