Summer can be a minefield for acne-prone tweens and teens. Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Our skin needs it in order to function, but too much of it can lead to acne, and an overly oily complexion.

Sebum production is more pronounced in the summer and fall. Increased sebum production, brought on by heat and humidity, can increase the growth conditions for skin bacteria. This all adds up to a need for adjustments in acne regimes in summer months.

Tip 1: If skin feels oily, use a foaming cleanser.

In general, bar soaps and foaming cleansers are better at removing sebum and are good choices for oily skin. Sensitive skin types should still use liquid cleansers formulated for sensitive skin. Be sure not to irritate the skin by scrubbing too hard or over-cleansing.

Tip 2: Choose non-greasy moisturizers and sunscreen.

Sunscreens and moisturizers are important for photoprotection and barrier maintenance. Oily complexion products are generally composed of water and dimethicone or cyclomethicone, which are noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic, and non-greasy, providing
the basis for “oil‐free” moisturizers. Gel or lotion formulations have less oil and will be better choices for oily skin.

Tip 3: Choose your facial care products carefully.

There are many over-the-counter products luring you in with the promise of a beautiful porcelain complexion – toners, masks, pore strips, to name a few. If you or a loved one are acne-prone, a good rule of thumb is to ask us if a certain product is good for you. Like advanced treatments, new and improved products formulated for clearer skin are on the market and can help. We offer many of them in our office, so please be sure to ask.