20 Summer Habits That Cause Acne
Your habits change a lot with the seasons, often without you realizing it. The seasons change your mood, which obviously affects what you do, what you eat, where you go, and who you see. The seasons also change which physical activities are on the table—you’re more prone to go jogging outside than stay inside a gym during the nice summer months. You crave different foods in the summer, and even if you don’t notice, restaurants and supermarkets are offering different foods, so a diet change is inevitable. Friends and relatives visit. The vibe of your entire city changes. And you know what always takes a hit when life gets turned upside down: your skin. While you can’t control the climate, you can control some of these summer habits that cause acne.
Going in the sun too much
If your skin gets too much sun exposure, it will dry out, causing it to produce an excess of oil. This oil will clog your pores and cause acne. So sit under umbrellas, wear hats, or just stay inside during peak sun hours.
Grabbing cheap detergent
You sweat a lot in the summer, so you have to do a lot of laundry, which might cause you to reach for the cheap detergent to save money. But cheap detergents can have harsh chemicals that cause breakouts.
Changing all your skin care products
Some people overcorrect when summer hits and buy all new skin products, designed for summer. But your skin is used to what it’s used to, and changing all the products will likely result in acne.
Not drinking enough water
You need much more water when it’s hot out, not just so that your organs can function, but so that your skin can stay vibrant and buoyant.
Drinking fruity cocktails
Pina Coladas and Daiquiris are everywhere in the summer! Even beers come out with fruity flavors. But fruity cocktails (including white wine) contain tons of sugar that can cause you to break out.
Drinking more alcohol
Everybody’s in a better mood in the summer! That means people are planning more parties and boozy brunches. And that means that you’re drinking way more than you were in the fall or winter, which can cause acne.
Wearing giant sunglasses
Those giant, Hollywood-style sunglasses that look more like goggles are cute, but they’re bad for your skin. The rims touch your forehead and cheeks, holding oil there throughout the day and clogging your pores.
Changing your diet
To get bikini ready, you might go on a serious diet. But diets often mean not enough protein or healthy fats, which are essential for healthy skin.
Not cleaning your towels
You need to clean the towels you use for the beach and pool regularly. Think about it: they sit on the sand that’s full of bacteria, or publicly used lounge chairs.
Not cleaning your sheets enough
Since you sweat during the night in the summer, you’ll need to wash your sheets twice as much to prevent bacteria from building up.
Failing to wash off sunscreen
By the time you get home, you might forget that you put on sunscreen that morning. Your face might feel dry, too, so you really don’t see reason in washing off the sunscreen. But it’s on there, and it’s clogging your pores.
Buying the wrong sunscreen
Don’t go bargain on your UV protection. Invest in non-greasy sunscreen that sits light on your skin and doesn’t clog your pores. It’s better to spend $5 more on sunscreen than get acne.
Not washing your hands before applying sunscreen
Don’t forget to wash your hands before applying sunscreen! You likely apply it with your bare fingers, and they can be covered in bacteria.
Wearing hats that don’t breathe
Don’t wear hats with synthetic materials that don’t breathe. These trap moisture and germs in your pores. Avoid hats that are too tight, too.
Not washing your hats
Don’t forget; you can wash your hats! Most people never wash their hats, but these sit on your forehead—the most acne-prone area!
Skimping on the AC
Stewing in your swampy apartment isn’t just uncomfortable, but it can also cause acne. If you’re sweating all day long, your pores never get time to breathe.
Popping your pimples
If summer does bring more pimples, don’t pop them! It’s a slippery slope, and in the summer, it can be a long slope.
Laying face down on a beach chair
If you want to nap outside, don’t nap face down on a beach chair. There’s no telling who else has been there, and what sort of bacteria is on there.
Lighten up on the makeup in the summer. Your pores can’t fight bacteria as well as they can in the fall and winter months. So give them a break from the foundation.
Changing your sleep schedule
A change of season can come with a change in sleep schedule, but changing your sleep schedule can cause stress on your body which can manifest itself in acne.