Skin problems in summer are the last thing you need when you’re enjoying sunny beaches and warm weather. Luckily, with a little everyday prevention, you can prevent these dermatological issues from ruining your fun. Here is an overview of the 3 most common summer skin problems and how to avoid them.
How to Prevent the Most Common Skin Problems in Summer
#1: Acne Breakouts
Blackheads, whiteheads, and painful red acne bumps can put a damper on your vacation. They tend to occur due to a build-up of sweat, bacteria, and oil in your pores. In the case of blackheads, this build-up oxidizes, hence the dark color.
Here are a few simple ways to avoid acne breakouts:
- Wash your face and body with a gentle cleanser, especially after sweating and at the end of the day.
- Wash sweaty clothes, towels, and hats before wearing or using them again.
- Avoid wiping sweat from your face or body, which can lead to irritation and trigger a breakout. Instead, gently blot the moisture from your skin.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when certain spots or patches of skin become darker in color than the rest of your skin. You may experience these dark spots after a pimple has healed, after extensive sun exposure, and after experiencing skin irritation or inflammation. Melasma is a more severe form of hyperpigmentation, where you experience large, uneven patches of skin on your face.
You can help prevent or reduce the appearance of dark spots and melasma by:
- Wearing an SPF of at least 30 in the sun. Re-apply after 2 hours or after going in the water.
- Not touching or picking at present acne. This can introduce more bacteria into your skin and further irritate the area, leading to dark spots after your breakouts have healed.
- Incorporating L-ascorbic acid or glycolic acid into your routine. These are two ingredients well known for their ability to help brighten hyperpigmentation.
- We can also prepare a customized bleaching formula for darker areas that are hard to treat.
Brought about by sun exposure, sunburn is a condition that can lead to red or peeling skin. The most obvious way to prevent sunburn is to wear sunscreen and re-apply throughout the day — be sure to wear SPF 30 sunscreen, but SPF 50 is ideal. However, there are other ways to avoid sunburn:
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from UV rays.
- Stay in the shade. Bring an umbrella with you on hot days or stay under the shade of trees.
- Stay out of direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day — between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Need a Prescription Strength Solution?
Some skin problems in summer may be more severe than others, particularly if they worsen or last more than a few days or weeks. If over-the-counter solutions don’t work, you may need a stronger treatment. After consulting your dermatologist, reach out to our compounding pharmacists at (305) 665-4411.
We may be able to create customized solutions for severe acne, stubborn hyperpigmentation, and other skin issues. For instance, if certain ingredients irritate your skin, we might be able to create a formula without those irritants.