Summer is fast approaching, which can mean many things: longer days, more time outdoors, warm summer air and leisurely vacations. Unfortunately, often times our skin takes a vacation of its own, going from predictable to completely out of whack. This can be caused by the temperature change, outdoor elements or not changing your skincare routine in accordance to the weather.
One of the most common complaints during the summer months is a sudden surge in breakouts. The hot, sticky air mixed with that cream foundation you wore all winter creates an undesirable mixture of gunk on the surface of your skin.
Keeping pores cleaned out is the best way to prevent an increase in breakouts when the weather becomes warmer, so switch from a creamy cleanser to a gel-based foaming cleanser that contains glycolic such as DERMAdoctor Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Cleansing Gel ($25, www.dermadoctor.com). A glycolic cleanser will balance your skin’s pH; cleanse away impurities, environmental debris and excess oil, all things that are the instigators of breakouts.