Humidity can make even a mildly warm day feel extremely sticky and uncomfortable. Step outside and you’ll feel the sweat instantly collect on your skin, making it feel a whole lot hotter than it actually is. While the Southwestern United States and some areas experience a dry heat, the East Coast faces two months (or more) of humid weather. In Florida, we’re famous for our hot, humid summers, and in addition to the discomfort that can come with the humidity, the weather can also take a toll on the skin.
Find yourself breaking out more during the summer? It’s no coincidence—humidity can have an effect on the formation of acne. So why does this happen and how can you fight it?
How Humidity Encourages Acne
Unfortunately, people in hot, humid climates tend to have a higher incidence of acne, as well as more severe breakouts. The good news? The humidity may actually be a positive force in keeping your skin looking young—but that won’t help you with you acne woes. Sweat and humidity, combined with skin irritation can contribute to breakouts anywhere on the body, which can make summer pure torture in a hot, humid climate. Humidity can stimulate oil production in the skin, which can trigger acne and produce flare-ups of a variety of skin conditions. So what can you do to make it through to fall?
There are a number of ways you can help keep your acne under control in the summer. Some tips to consider implementing include:
- Gentle cleansing, especially after sweating
- Avoiding touching your face with your fingers
- Blotting excess oil with a tissue or cosmetic paper. Be gentle!
- Use a light, non-greasy moisturizer
- Keep your showers cool
- Dress for the weather
- Try over-the-counter acne products
- Eat a healthy diet and keep hydrated
Having a strict skincare routine will help you keep your skin under control all summer long. Still having problems? It may be time to step to the next level and see a dermatologist.
Getting Professional Help
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do on your own, and if you’re still experiencing uncomfortable breakouts on a regular basis, then it may be time to seek professional help. There are many options for treatments, but seeing results takes some patience. Chronic acne does not go away overnight, and it may take a few months to start seeing real results. Laser Skin Resurfacing and chemical peels, facials, and powerful medications are just a few of the ways acne can be improved, and the right treatment depends on the patient.
Choosing a Dermatologist
Only a qualified, board certified dermatologist can help you figure out the treatment that will work best for your skin’s unique needs. You will want to choose an expert to help you tailor your skincare plan to suit your needs and help you unlock your skin’s potential. Dr. Diane Walder is a talented cosmetic dermatologist with expertise in acne treatment, cosmetic skin treatments, and more. Dr. Walder is a skincare expert, and offers a wide range of treatments that have helped a diverse patient base improve and maintain skin beauty. If you would like to discuss your goals for acne treatment and skin health with Dr. Walder and her colleagues, call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your appointment and start your journey to clear, beautiful skin.