You must be wondering how Acne flares up during monsoon season.
Well, we have got you covered. During Monsoon, heavy rainfall coupled with humid weather gives bacteria a chance to grow. In one of our previous blogs, we discussed how the monsoon creates a perfect canvas for oily skin. Sebum production naturally attracts more dust and dirt which clogs the pores, resulting in acne and breakouts.
It isn’t necessary that acne and oily skin are always related, however, they mostly go hand in hand. During monsoons, it is when the oily skin is triggered, that acne finds a way to exist. To help you get relieved from the breakouts, we have noted down expert-recommended tips that will help you get rid of acne during the monsoon season
Tip to control and relieve Acne and Breakouts1) Use an Acne Combatting Face Wash
Cleaning the face is the first step in any skincare routine. When it comes to acne-prone and oily skin, the buildup is extremely important to remove from your face. Anti-bacterial face wash will ensure that germs are at bay. Face washes with niacinamide and salicylic acid are your go-to.
Niacinamide helps combat acne and helps in brightening the skin.
Oily Skin tends to appear dull. With acne leaving marks on the face, the face might look tedious. Thus niacinamide helps improve skin tone.
2) Gentle Exfoliation
The skin because of acne tends to become sensitive and fragile. In this case, mild exfoliation is required. Using harsh chemicals may react to the already inflamed skin. Using exfoliators like retinol liposomes will help treat skin gently but effectively. These ingredients can be found in serums and moisturizers.
Scrubbing is asked not to be as much because of its harsh nature to the skin. Using physical exfoliators on active acne can bust them open and make them bleed. Thus opting for chemical exfoliators, will be convenient and easy to use. If you are wondering, chemical exfoliators aren’t full of chemicals but have active ingredients that remove the buildup of dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliators are divided into two categories: AHA and BHA. AHAs such as Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, and BHAs such as Salicylic Acid are all very beneficial for breakouts and acne.
3) Load up on that Moisturiser
Yes! You heard it right, moisturiser is very important for you. Although it may look like moisturizers aren’t necessary for your skin, it is just the opposite. It is required to choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer that will not clog your pores.
Not applying moisturizers with make your skin dehydrated. This encourages the skin to produce more oil, leading to repeated breakouts and later acne.
SkinQ’s Moisture Balm is a lightweight formulation that hydrates the skin from within and protects the skin barrier from losing moisture.
4) Include Salicylic Acid Serum
Serums are highly beneficial, deep penetrating skincare essential for those suffering from monsoon acne. Using a Salicylic Acid serum not only treats acne but also controls oil at the same time. Topping the skin with salicylic acid serum goes deeper within the layers of the skin, imparting the utmost benefit.
Topically applying salicylic acid serum will regulate sebum production and reduce acne to a great extent, while exfoliating the skin. SkinQ’s Oil and Acne Control Elixir is a multi-active four-in-one serum, which is highly potent and works efficaciously. The serum contains Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Azelaic Acid and Retinol Liposomes. Salicylic acid reduces breakouts, Niacinamide controls oil, Azelaic Acid suppresses further breakouts, and Retinol Liposomes exfoliate the skin and reduce scars.
5) Maintaining Hygiene
As good as the monsoon season feels to us, it is a breeding season for all sorts of bacteria. Considering the amount of pollution and mess that we encounter during the monsoon season, we need to take care of our personal and facial hygiene to avoid acne and breakouts.
Washing the face isn’t enough to clean the dirt and grime from the face. Handwash is a crucial step during this season. We often tend to touch our faces with unclean hands. These may infuriate the skin and cause breakouts to erupt on the skin.
Thus washing hands is equally important as washing the face. Other things to keep in mind are as follows.
- Washing pillow cases regularly
- Cleaning phone screen on a daily basis
6) Including a Face Mask
We know, it is rare to hear masks for monsoon acne. This is where we change the entire skincare game during monsoon for you. Acne-prone skin needs to be treated with face masks, especially clay masks, which unclogs the pores, clear them, and gradually treat them. Active ingredients infused face masks work miraculously by:
- Removing Excess oil
- Pulling out impurities
- Hydrating the Skin
7) Choosing Non-Comedogenic Sunscreen
The overall health of the skin is paramount when it comes to achieving healthy skin. Our skin needs protection from UV rays regardless of the skin concern we are facing. One important thing to consider while choosing a sunscreen for acne-prone skin is that we should look for non-comedogenic, gel-based sunscreen. Clogged skin and greasiness is the last thing that is required by skin affected by monsoon acne.
We have the best recommendation for you, SkinQ’s hero product, Sun Protect Gel, infused with vitamin c, and SPF 40 with a broad spectrum of PA ++++. This is a gel-based sunscreen that is light on the skin and harsh on the sun.
8) Protect your skin from the Rain
It cannot be planned as to when we will find ourselves in a catch -22 situation and get wet in rain. However, carrying an umbrella is always an option. Avoiding rain and trying your best to safeguard your skin from polluted rainwater is highly underrated advice. Acid Rain, as most of you may know, causes intense harm to the skin. Bring water, it’s natural to get absorbed by the skin and can lead to massive breakouts and skin issues. Thus protecting your skin from rain is highly suggested.