Flip-flops, Swimming Pools, and Acne?

Are you battling acne breakouts this summer? You’re not alone. For many people, summer can wreak havoc on the skin, causing unsightly blemishes. Acne is a common skin condition, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

We’ve put together a few tips on how to battle summer acne. 

Why the Summer Means More Breakouts

Breakouts are no fun. They’re painful, embarrassing, and often accompanied by self-consciousness about how much makeup it takes to cover up those red bumps (which you will likely sweat off due to high summer temps). 

One reason for acne in the summer is that when it gets hotter out, our pores open up, allowing bacteria to enter the surface of our skin. This ramps up our skin’s production of sebum, a natural body oil that leads to clogged pores and blemishes.

The summer also means hot and humid weather, which means more sweat. Sweat can dry and clog your pores and cause facial and body breakouts.

Another reason we tend to break out more in the summer is that we often layer on sunscreens, heavy lotions, and body oils to keep our skin looking good and glowing. But add in sweat and pollution to that and you get more breakouts. 

Finally, the summer can often mean that we’re just off our regular skincare routine. You may stay out later, which may mean you go to bed without washing your face. Regularly sleeping in your makeup can mean breakouts and blemishes. 

Can Sunburn Lead to Breakouts? 

Yes! Sunburn can lead to breakouts because the heat from the burn opens up the pores, making them easier to irritate. The best way to prevent this is to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even if you don’t plan on being outside all day long. If you do end up with a sunburn, try using an ice pack or cold compress to help reduce swelling and irritation.

How to Treat Summer Acne

1. Cleanse. We recommend that you use a foaming facial cleanser to wash away dirt and debris from your face. Cleansing helps remove dead cells and unclog pores. It also helps prepare your skin for any products you apply after cleansing. Avoid harsh cleansers that may make your skin problems worse. Choose a gentle cleanser product with salicylic acid to help improve your skin and treat facial or body acne.

2. Exfoliate. Exfoliating removes dry, flaky skin cells, helping to clear the way for new ones to grow. When exfoliation becomes too rough, however, it can cause micro-tears in the skin, leading to inflammation and scarring, so be gentle.

3. Tone. After cleansing, tone your skin to make sure it’s properly hydrated. Using a toner helps balance the pH levels in your skin, keeping it healthy and preventing pimples.

4. Moisturize. Apply moisturizer to lock in moisture and protect against future damage. Choose a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen that won’t weigh down your skin.

5. Protect. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher to block harmful UV rays. Also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and skin.

6. Prevent. Keep your skin clean and free of excess oil. Avoid touching your face, especially around your nose and chin. Don’t pick at your blemishes as this can make acne worse, cause infection or spread bacteria. And avoid hot showers and baths.

7. Treat. Take advantage of your favorite skin care treatments during the summer months. Try a facial mask once a week to boost circulation and encourage cell turnover. Or, use a retinol product to stimulate collagen growth and improve elasticity.

8. Try Frozen C Cryotherapy. Frozen C Cryotherapy is an excellent option to treat your summer acne. Frozen C has been shown to kill the bacteria on the skin that contribute to acne. This cool treatment also decreases the redness associated with acne and will decrease the swelling associated with blemishes. 

What Is Frozen C? 

Frozen C is one of the most effective ways to eliminate acne fast. It’s a non-invasive, localized procedure that uses cryotherapy (freezing) to destroy acne-causing bacteria. Freezing causes damaged or dead skin cells in the outermost layers of skin to be overturned, causing the body to regenerate new, healthy skin cells and improve your appearance. 

Does Frozen C Hurt? 

No. There are no needles involved, and there is no pain. You may feel some slight tingling when the device is applied, but this disappears within seconds. Most people find that they have little discomfort after the treatment. Frozen C Cryotherapy requires no downtime after treatment. 

Other Benefits of Frozen C Cryotherapy

Frozen C Cryotherapy can help your skin in several ways, including:

  • Reducing redness and irritation caused by acne breakouts
  • Decreasing the size of existing blemishes
  • Improving the texture of skin and minimizing pores
  • Increasing blood flow to the area being treated

Want to learn more about Frozen C Cryotherapy for treating your summer breakouts? Call us now to schedule your appointment for a consultation.