While we love the carefree nature of the summer, we’re not huge fans of the skin flare-ups that accompany it. Humidity and heat, excess sweat, and sun exposure can have some not-so-great effects on skin. Dry skin gets drier, oily skin gets oilier, and, outside of your natural skin types, certain skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, and melasma actually tend to worse — and don’t even get us started on maskne.
While you’re probably spending a majority of your time this season indoors anyway — there is still a pandemic happening, after all — on the occasions you do venture outside, you’ll want to do your part in protecting yourself from these common summer skin concerns. Ahead, Miami board-certified dermatologist Janelle Vega, MD fills us in on how to do just that.
The Skin Concern: Breakouts
As those who suffer from acne know, the process of treating it is a never-ending cycle. And that process tends to get even more difficult in the summer. “Increased sweating from the heat and humidity can lead to the clogging of hair follicles,” Dr. Vega says. “Oil, sweat and hair all come from the same unit, so clogging of the follicle can lead to the inadvertent build-up of oil and sebum, which attracts bacteria — creating a perfect situation for acne to form.”