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While summer is our favourite season for many reasons, namely beach days and warm nights, one thing we could do without is summer breakouts. If you can relate, then keep reading for ways to help keep acne at bay this season.

but first, 3 reasons why your acne gets worse in summer

1.   increased exposure to uv rays

Getting some sunshine can do you the world of good, but, as the saying goes, you can have too much of a good thing. That’s because UV light is still able to damage your skin even if you’re wearing sunscreen—it can actually exacerbate existing acne and make acne and acne scars darker and more noticeable.

2.   an increase in sweatiness

Sweating is a natural bodily response, and it effectively helps us control our body temperature and eliminate toxins. When sweat evaporates, it cools the surface of the skin down, which is why we sweat more when it’s hot or we’re exercising. Sounds good—so what's the problem? If you sweat and allow it to dry on your skin instead of washing it off, you’re creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and blemishes. The solution: Try showering as soon as possible after you’ve been sweating.

3.   you’re not moisturising enough

Our skin tends to be less dry in summer months, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo moisturiser altogether. In fact, things like chlorine, sweat and air con can still deplete your skin’s moisture levels. Not to mention, overly dry skin can trigger excessive oil production in an attempt to compensate, which could make acne worse. If you’re worried about weighing your skin down with a heavier moisturiser, you can switch to a gel-based formula for lightweight hydration.

four ways to treat acne in summer

Besides protecting yourself from the sun, washing your face regularly and always removing makeup at night, these are our expert tips to keep your skin clear and happy this season.

1.   treat skin with salicylic acid

The chemical exfoliator salicylic acid can help to reduce oil production and get rid of build-up from sweat and sunscreen, all while being gentle on your skin.

2.   incorporate vitamin c into your routine

Free radicals from the sun cause inflammation in the skin and inflammation can lead to the development of pimples. So, it makes sense that free-radical-fighting antioxidants may help acne breakouts. Our antioxidant of choice is an oil-soluble form of vitamin C called ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate. We love it because it’s one of the most stable forms of vitamin C, so it’s less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

3.   amp up hydration

Hydrated skin is important for a range of reasons, one of them being that it’s imperative for a healthy skin barrier. And when your skin barrier is healthy and functioning efficiently, it’s able to prevent breakouts (among other concerns). Everyone’s favourite hydrator, hyaluronic acid, will do the trick. We use a hyaluronic acid complex in our formulas, which provides multi-level hydration with different molecular weights of HA.

4.   incorporate retinoids into your nightly routine

We suggest incorporating retinol into your night-time regimen. It helps to exfoliate the outer layer of your skin and unclog your pores, so it can help prevent, as well as treat, blemishes. We use retinol in the form of hydroxypinacolone retinoate (sometimes referred to as granactive retinol) in our formulas, which is more stable and less irritating than other retinoids, so you can get all the benefits with none of the drawbacks.