We all would like our skin to have a healthy glow, but none of us want a glow that comes from being covered in sweat, grease, or oil. Oily skin is a common problem, especially in the summertime and especially here in South Florida where the heat, humidity, and intense sunshine can send our bodies’ production of oil into overdrive.
Oily skin is caused by excess sebum production. Teenagers often experience such an increase because of hormones and genetics, which lead to grease, clogged pores and breakouts. Adults can suffer from hormone-induced sebum increases as well, but even without such preexisting conditions, summer heat can trigger an uptick in oil production, leaving you with a shiny, unattractive complexion compounded with makeup, moisturizers, or sunscreen that seem to start melting off of your face seconds after walking out the door.
You may not be able to fight your genes, but you can keep oily skin under control in the summertime through simple alterations and additions to your skin care regimen. Keep these tips in mind as we head towards Labor Day:
Keep it clean. Use a mild cleanser at least twice a day to gently wash your face. Avoid products containing harsh soaps or detergents as they can actually cause more problems by removing so much moisture from your skin that your body reacts by overcompensating and producing more oil. A little moisture in the summer is a good thing as it keeps your skin from drying out and defends against the sun and other harsh environmental elements. Conversely, cleansers with added moisturizers or facial oils may be too heavy and promote further skin congestion. Use a washcloth or facial cleansing brush and rinse with warm or cool water that won’t dry you out. For acne sufferers, 2 percent salicylic acid cleansers can help break down oils and eradicate any blemishes.
Keep it toned. Toning your skin helps to tighten pores, clean up residue and prevent excess sebum production. For an all-natural solution, apply witch hazel to your t-zone and chin with a cotton ball or pad. Alcohol-based astringents are too harsh for sensitive skin conditions like rosacea, so make sure to read your ingredients and talk to your dermatologist before trying new products. Let the toner dry on your face before applying a light facial moisturizer with SPF in outward circle motions. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck and décolleté to fight against the signs of aging and sun damage.
Keep it deep. Clogged pores are one of the biggest problems caused by increased amounts of sebum during the summer. A deep cleansing face mask at once a week can keep your pores clear and reduce that summer shine. Focus on clay-based masks which provide a deep clean, effectively remove impurities, and allow pores to breathe properly.
Keep it nutritious. Cocktails, beer and wine, and spicy food are staples of many summers, but they are also oily skin culprits as they dilate blood vessels and increase perspiration. Watch your alcohol intake and ease up on the spicy food. Instead, increase your consumption of skin-healthy foods such as blueberries, whole grains, spinach and peppers which are high in anti-oxidants and improve complexion. Vitamin C can help your skin regenerate and stop cell damage, and foods rich in vitamin A like carrots, cantaloupe, and spinach can decrease oil production.
During the summer and throughout the year, Dr. Mariano Busso can help you keep your skin healthy and luminous. For more information on summer skin care or to book your next cosmetic dermatology appointment in Miami, contact us at 305-857-0144.