Summer is in full effect! The heat, the humidity has been at an all-time high this year. This is also the time of year where breakouts get a little more severe because of the heat. People are on vacation and doing more outdoor activities that cause them to sweat more. This is all the more reason you make sure you take care of your skin so bacteria and the salt from your sweat doesn’t get trapped in your pores.
If that does happen there are some acne fighters you can use to keep your skin healthy.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (also known as AHAs)
AHAs are acids that exfoliate your skin. They slough off dead skin cells and leave your skin looking smoother. The most popular AHAs are glycolic and lactic acid, which can be found in over the counter products. Most of the time if a product has AHAs its a selling point and is usually clearly printed on the front of the product.
I’m sure everyone has used this at some point. Benzoyl peroxide is better for treating active acne, instead of preventing it. It kills bacteria and removes excess oil. Different strengths are available up to 10%. My favorite product is the Clean & Clear Persa gel. It’s great at spot treating blemishes. I used to use this in high school and college.
Salicylic Acid is a type of acid that also exfoliates and clears pores. Ingredients in salicylic acid are related to aspirin so it also helps with inflammation and is better for people with sensitive skin.
Clay is found in most masks. It helps to soothe skin and it temporarily slows down the production of oil, which is why I suggest using a mask 1-2 times per week. One of the more popular masks is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask, which has been around for decades. It’s very inexpensive, probably $5 or less and can be found at Walmart or Sally’s.
Tea Tree Oil
This is probably my favorite. I’m always talking about tea tree oil! For more benefits check out my previous post, Cleansing Tips that Can Save You Money!
It’s antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties. I like to mix it with masks and exfoliators to give those treatments an extra boost. You can also add to your cleansers or serums. If you try this one make sure to test it on your arm or hand first. It can be a little harsh for people who have sensitive skin.
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