How to Prevent Summer Breakouts Before They Happen


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If your skin has a tendency break out come summer, you’re not alone. The combination of triple-digit temperatures and outdoor activities makes the perfect breeding ground for a blemish or two.

“People tend to break out in the summertime because the hot, humid weather means more sweating and oil accumulation on the skin. Ultimately, this means more food to feed acne and block pores,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, of Zeichner Dermatology. So as not to let warm-weather acne wreak havoc on our faces, we asked a few dermatologists how to prevent summer breakouts from happening.

Since the weather greatly affects our skin, Charlene DeHaven, MD, and clinical director of iS Clinical skincare, says it’s important to plan seasonal skincare routines. So just what should we be doing differently in the summer than in the winter? According to dermatologists, we should change up our cleansing routines, wash our hair more frequently, and retire our toners.

For more dermatologist-recommended ways in which to ward off summer breakouts, keep on reading.