If you live in Tampa, you know that the climate is not great for acne prone skin. The hot and humid conditions are challenging for for everyone, but especially for those who suffer from acne. According to the NIH, “An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. Some people in their forties and fifties still get acne.”
Acne breakouts are more common for younger people, but can happen at any age. Humid and hot summers make acne breakouts more likely.
Hot and humid tropical weather weather is a well known trigger for acne breakouts. The extreme weather is very difficult for our skin. Tampa is hot and humid for a good part of the year so we have a more difficult time trying to keep acne away.
If you live in Tampa, the humid hot summers do not have to be dreaded. There are some steps you can take to minimize or stop acne during the summer.
- Wash your face in the morning and evening. You want to remove the accumulated sweat and dirt on your face but not remove the natural oils. Washing too much can have the opposite effect, so wash twice a day with a mild soap.
- Splash some water on your face occasionally. If you work out, spend time in the humidity long enough to work up a good sweat, splash some water on your face. A quick splash of water throughout the day will wash off the sweat and pollution and help you keep your face clean.
- Keep hands away from your face. Oil and dirt get on your hands during the day, so it is important to not irritate your face by touching it with dirty hands. The goal is to keep your face as clean as possible throughout the day. Dirty hands spreads acne.
- If you have a pimple, avoid touching it. It is hard to avoid touching those itchy pimples but you should fight the urge. This is a sure way to increase the acne breakout! Just don’t do it.
- Use oil-free makeup. Choose your makeup carefully. It should not clog your pores.
- Keep face out of sun as much as possible. This is a good practice in general, but especially if you are on an acne medication. The sun may burn your skin and make it look worse. Too much sunshine is never good for the skin.
Treating A Breakout
Once you get a breakout, there are some steps you can take to reduce the effects of the acne and minimize the damage. There are many acne lotions to choose from, both over the counter and doctor prescribed. Another option is to get a chemical peel specifically for acne.
Chemical peels can reduce the acne lesions (white head or blackhead pimples) in many cases, and they are popular acne treatments. * Mild peels are effective for reducing the extent of the pimples, and stronger peels are effective for pimples and scarring. Consult with your aesthetician to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.
* Results vary from person to person. See Efficacy and safety of superficial chemical peeling in treatment of active acne vulgaris for more information.
Summers in Tampa are difficult for people who suffer from acne breakouts. However, you can help avoid breakouts with good hygiene and get medicines and treatments that minimize the effects of a breakouts.