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Tip of the Week: Break-out Busters

Heat, humidity, sunscreen, and sweat can be treacherous when it comes to clear skin. Whether dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or acne-prone, you may find that you experience an influx in face or body acne during the summer months.

Although sunscreen is important to your skin health, it also has the ability to clog pores with oil and bacteria that lead to pimples. If you are prone to acne, look for sunscreens that say they are oil-free or non-comedogenic. The same goes for makeup. Mixed with oil and sweat, your foundation may the zit causing culprit. Instead, try tinted moisturizer or powder, or you can just go fresh-faced!

As acne appears, you may be tempted to slather your skin in creams and medicine, but that may actually do more harm that good. Many of these products contain salicylic or glycolic acid that dry out the skin. When your skin is dry, it actually produces
more pore-clogging oil. When you wash, follow up with an oil-free moisturizer. While it may seem counter-productive, moisturizer prevents dryness and keeps your oil production in check. Additionally, acne medications often warn to avoid sun exposure as they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so check your products before use. Be sure to wash your face and shower regularly to avoid sweat and dirt build-ups and to keep your skin fresh and clear!