BEAUTY 101: OILY SKIN AND ACNE BASICSOZ Health Admin
7 Strategies for Acne-Free Skin
The perpetual heat and humidity of our tropical climate can make taking care of your complexion even more challenging. Higher temperatures can mean higher levels of oil production in the body’s sebaceous glands, which can lead to shiny, acne-prone skin. However, with some simple skin-care strategies, you can still enjoy clear skin in our sunny Singapore.
#1: Use a Gentle Cleansing Regime
You want to keep moisture in your skin. If a strong cleanser ends up stripping away that moisture, it may send your oil glands into overdrive to make up for it. So, to avoid ending up with oily skin or acne, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid to rid impurities from the surface of the skin that could lead to breakouts. DERMA E’s Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash has salicylic acid, as well as natural antiseptic and antibacterial ingredients, to promote a healthy-looking complexion. Use it morning and night to keep your skin looking in top shape.
Another good ingredient for summer skin care is glycolic acid, which helps remove dead skin cells —try it in our Essentials Radiance Toner. Use the toner after cleansing and before moisturizing the skin for the best results.
#2: Exfoliate Regularly
Keeping your pores clean and unclogged prevents build-up that causes acne. Use a gentle exfoliator such as DERMA E’s Deep Pore Acne Scrub at least once a week to clean away the surface layer of the skin. It has a gentle formulation with calming ingredients such as lavender and chamomile that work well to soothe skin and help maintain a fresh-looking appearance. Just remember: no harsh scrubbing necessary.
#3: Don’t Skip Sunblock
You may be tempted to swear off putting sunscreen on your face in fear that it will clog your pores, but that would be a mistake. Protection from the sun’s UV rays is a necessity, and even more so when you’re likely to spend time outdoors. With cutting-edge advances made in sunscreens, you don’t have to settle on a thick, chalky sunscreen that would make pimples pop out. Look for a formula designed for skin that doesn’t have any extra oil, such as DERMA E’s Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF30 Face. It’s a lightweight lotion perfect for oily complexions, and because the active ingredient is chemical-free zinc oxide, it’s not harmful to the environment.
#4: Change Up Your Makeup
You may love your foundation, but you may not love how heavy it can feel in the heat and humidity. To prevent build-up and breakouts, you may want to think about lighter formulations for your summer makeup routine. You can look for tinted moisturizers, which aren’t as thick as regular foundations, or even one of the newer foundation serums. Or instead, try using the Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 in lieu of a foundation to help control shine and add a natural finish
#5: Indulge in a Mask
Carve out some self-care time and treat yourself to a clay mask that will help control excess oil production while refreshing the look of your skin. DERMA E’s Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask uses Kaolin and Bentonite clays to help skin look less congested, as well as charcoal to clear up impurities and apricot seed powder for surface exfoliation.
#6: Cool Down After a Workout
Exercise can give your skin a healthy, natural glow, and that’s always good. What’s not so good is when excess sweat– especially during a heated workout–can spur acne breakouts. You can help prevent breakouts by working out in the early morning or in the evening when it’s not as hot (and that offers you the added benefit of avoiding heatstroke from overexertion). Post-workout, you should always wash your face with your cleanser to wipe away oil, sweat and impurities from your skin.
#7: Don’t Be Hard on Your Skin
Oily skin needs TLC and the best way to do that is by using products that have natural ingredients that are effective but not harsh. DERMA E products are created to nourish and nurture your skin with vegan, cruelty-free formulas that don’t contain parabens, petrolatum, sodium laurel sulfates or other harmful chemicals.
What’s your summer skin care secret to preventing oily skin and acne? Let us know in the comments.