When you’re having fun spending time outdoors or at the pool, the last thing you want to be worrying about is skin breakouts. Extreme temperatures and humidity, however, are harsh on our skin, especially if it’s sensitive. Inflamed skin can be a total bummer for anyone, especially if dealing with it is cutting into your vacation time and making your feel too self-conscious to take part in activities the way you would like. Luckily, many skin issues are preventable or can be addressed simply and quickly. Collagen-induction therapy from our Los Angeles practice, for example, is a minimally invasive treatment to get your skin back into shape if it’s looking worse for wear, but you can also follow these basic tips to keep your skin healthy and balanced in the hottest temperatures.
1. Tame Acne Flare-Ups
People often experience their worst acne breakouts in intensely hot or cold weather. Heat and humidity can cause the skin to produce more sweat and oil, which—together with residue, debris, and other stuff on the surface of the skin—may end up blocking your pores and giving bacteria that cause acne breakouts an ideal environment to multiply. Sun damage may also dry out your skin, resulting in oil production being kicked into overdrive. Use non-comedogenic skin products and blot sweat from your face with a clean towel to minimize this problem.
2. Nourish Dry, Irritated Skin
If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun or exposed to chlorinated water, dry skin is often a side effect. To soothe your skin, remember to apply sunscreen before heading outside, bathe in warm rather than hot water, and moisturize after each shower or bath.
3. Protect Against Hyperpigmentation
Exposure to sunlight often causes the skin to produce an abundance of melanin, resulting in uneven dark patches. Wearing sunscreen and limiting your exposure to ultraviolet radiation are your best bets for avoiding this problem. Wear long sleeves, stay inside, and be generally sun smart to maintain an even look.
4. Avoid Heat Rash/Prickly Heat
Heat rash typically occurs in hot weather when sweat becomes trapped in the pores, leading to itchy red bumps or blisters. Wear lighter and cooler clothing, take showers frequently, and cool down with a fan or air conditioning to give your body a chance to avoid overheating and sweat the way it should.
If you’re interested in finding out more about seasonal skincare tips, as well as treatments to help manage both cosmetic and medical conditions, contact our Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team. We will help you put together a treatment plan. Fill out a contact form, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.