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Summer Acne Tips

Summer can be a bad time for acne breakouts. You want to wear your tank tops and sundresses and show off your back and shoulders as well as your face. But body acne really makes you second guess those decisions.

To help you stay acne free this summer we have 10 tips that come from Benzagel’s Pharmacist in Residence Ron Pohar’s Acne Q&A posts from June and July.

1) Use noncomedogenic products (sunscreen, make-up, moisturizer, etc.) to avoid clogging your pores.

noncomedogenic definition

2) Consider using a sunscreen formulated specifically for use on the face or a lightweight face moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Select a product with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or greater to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

sunscreen tip

3) Be sure to wash your face in the morning and evening using lukewarm water and a non-drying, soapless cleanser. Also, wash your face after exercise or after coming inside if you have been sweating.

face wash tip

4) If you find that you are sweating at night, wash your sheets and pillowcases once weekly.

pillowcase tip

5) If you have long hair, it can be helpful to tie it back from your face during the day and when you are sleeping to reduce transfer of oils from your hair to your face.

6) If you are finding that you are sweating a lot, you could consider showering more often, or try “sponge bathing” to remove perspiration from the skin more frequently.

 sponge tip

7) Over drying of the skin is a concern, so be sure to use cooler water and keep your time in the shower short. Avoid vigorous scrubbing and use a mild cleanser or soap-free product to wash your skin.

8) Dry off gently with your towel since rubbing can irritate current acne lesions.

towel tip

9) Tight-fitting clothing can also be a problem, since they trap heat and moisture and irritate acne. Wearing loose-fitting clothing may be helpful.

Summer Dresses Tip

10) If you find that you still are getting body acne using these strategies, an over the counter product like Benzagel for the management of body acne can help.

Have a great summer and remember to always Put Your Best Face Forword!

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