Acne And Sun: Beware Of The Rebound Effect!
For people with blemished skin, summer is a time when skin problems tend to diminish. Exposure to the sun during the vacations has an initial drying effect that limits the appearance of pimples. But this improvement is only short-lived. Here are 5 tips to avoid the rebound effect of acne at the beginning of the school year.
1- Use sun protection
If you have acne, you've probably noticed that your skin looks better in the summer, but the pimples come back even more in the fall.
Since this rebound effect is related to sun exposure, the first of 5 tips for avoiding this problem in the fall is to protect your acne-prone skin from the sun.
During your summer vacation, pack an SPF 50 sunscreen specifically for acne-prone skin in your luggage.
Remember to apply this protection to your face whenever you plan outdoor activities, such as a day at the beach or in the mountains of course, but also a meal at a restaurant on the terrace.
2- Clean your skin every day
In the summer, sun exposure leads to overproduction of sebum which ends up clogging pores and promoting the appearance of blackheads and pimples.
The second tip for limiting this problem and preventing the rebound effect when school starts is to gently cleanse your skin morning and night.
Even during the vacations, don't skip your beauty routine! Continue to cleanse your face daily with a suitable gentle cleanser to remove impurities and excess oil.
Also, limit makeup that contributes to clogged pores and, if you wear it, don't forget to remove your makeup every night!
3- Gently exfoliate the epidermis
One of the effects of the sun on the skin is to cause hyperkeratinization. To defend against aggressive UV rays, the top layer of the epidermis thickens.
This phenomenon tightens the pores, which end up being clogged, hence the rebound effect you notice when you go back to school.
The third tip to limit this phenomenon is to exfoliate the dead cells on your skin with a gentle product.
This exfoliation is beneficial at a frequency of once a week maximum, as long as you don't use an overly aggressive or drying product that could irritate your skin even more and have the opposite effect!
4- Continue your care routine
During the vacations, it's tempting to give up the restrictive skin care routines prescribed by your dermatologist. But beware: not treating your acne during the summer is a guaranteed rebound effect!
To prevent blemishes from coming back with a vengeance when school starts, don't forget to take your anti-acne skincare everywhere with you! These creams are essential for regulating excess sebum, moisturizing your skin and limiting inflammation.
In the summer, you just need to make sure you don't use products with photosensitizing actives. This could cause burning and brown spots on your skin.
5- Adopt a balanced diet
Finally, the last of our 5 tips for avoiding the rebound effect of acne is to take advantage of summer vacation to rebalance your diet.
You can actually use your free time to heal your acne from the inside out by improving the contents of your plate.
The anti-acne diet consists of limiting dairy and sugar and adopting a balanced diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean meats and plant-based milks to replace cow's milk.
It is also recommended to increase your intake of omega 3 with anti-inflammatory effects by consuming oily fish such as salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds as well as rapeseed oil.
Pamper your diet and your skin will thank you! Nutrients such as zinc, vitamin A, antioxidants and dietary fiber have been shown to have a positive effect on acne.
Also, take advantage of the good weather to increase your daily physical activity. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle, as well as alcohol and tobacco, has a direct impact on the quality of the skin.