The monsoon season brings with it much undesirable humidity and acne. Oily patches, breakouts, humidity acne can be really bad for the skin sometimes. Also, right after the monsoon season, come the winters, and hence, our skin also needs to be prepared accordingly. 

Due to the heat in the atmosphere, our sebaceous glands are overworked, and the sweat evaporates more slowly because of the extremely humid air. During humid weather, your skin loses less water and stays hydrated for a longer time. While this is a good thing for your body, it also implies more sweating and clogging, which makes your skin greasy and prone to breakouts. 

If you’re already suffering from acne or pimples, there’s a good chance that the humid weather might make it worse. Hence, here are a few tips that you need to keep in mind and follow so that the humidity and acne do not cause such trouble to you.

1. Regular cleansing:

Regular cleansing of your face is extremely important, not only for your acne but for many other reasons as well. When your skin feels extra oily in the humid weather, you might be lured to wash your face several times a day. However, excess cleansing can devoid your skin of natural oils and moisture, and you certainly wouldn’t want that to happen. 

Therefore, do not overdo it. Cleaning your face twice every day should be sufficient, for all skin types and is a necessity for your skin too, which is constantly open to pollutants and outside air.

2. Avoid makeup if you can:

Excess makeup on the skin can eventually lead down to clogging of the pores in our skin, making room for bacteria to attack and hence, more prone to acne. The excessive sweat in the humid weather also automatically wears off the makeup in a lot of cases. This makes your skin easy prey for breakouts, thereby causing more acne and pimples.

3. Every season is different, and so is the skincare it requires:

A cream or a moisturizer that might work well for you in winters because it prevents your skin from being dry and producing flakes, might, in all possibility, not be a suitable cream for the summers. Every season has its different characteristics, which affect the skin in different manners, which makes it essential for us to recognize our needs at particular times of the year and buy our skin products accordingly.

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4. Exfoliation is the key:

Exfoliators, homemade or artificial, can be really helpful to your skin, and help get your skin a fresh look and rid it of many other problems, by repairing the dead skin cells in your body. 

However, like cleansing, do not overdo exfoliation. At times when you feel you have been through really polluted areas or your skin feels dirty, there is a fair chance that the acne might clog up, and hence, using an exfoliator to clear up all the dirt and do not give your ane the chance to grow.

5. Cut down your use of moisturizers:

Does humidity cause acne? Maybe. Does humidity aggravate acne? Yes! 

The extra moisture in the air ends up on your skin when you’re out in the humid weather, and this moisture is the reason behind your acne getting aggravated in the season.

This is why the monsoon season might require you to skip moisturizing your skin part, especially areas like your forehead, chin, etc. however if you need something to apply to your skin, you can go for an oil-free lotion that does not give extra moisture to your skin, and hence, the likelihood of acne troubling your skin gets minimized.

6. Refrain from touching your skin:

Out of the many things that this deadly coronavirus prevailing in the world has taught us, one of them is to not constantly keep touching your face. 

During the humid season, when we sweat too much, people have a general habit of using their hands to wipe away those beads of sweat. Our hands touch several things throughout the day, and when not washed, they can be home to a lot of bacteria and other harmful things. Using the same hands to touch your face, your eyes, your mouth, can be fatal. And, with the blessing (or curse?) of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all well aware of this now.

Hence, every time you sweat, please use your handkerchief or a napkin, dap it gently, and it would be best if you use an anti-acne face wash to wash your face as well. For the excess oil, you can also use an oil-absorbing paper to wipe out and suck the excess oil on your skin.

7. Maintain your diet:

One major reason behind acne, pimples, and unhealthy skin is the unhealthy food you eat. The oils and fats that you take in through your mouth, essentially also get reflected in your face, in the form of pesky pimples, acne, and other things. 

To fight all these bacteria causing acne, you need to maintain a good, healthy diet for yourself.  Try to include more fruits, green vegetables, and salad in your diet. Try out foods with antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and see your skin achieve the desirable glow.

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8. Protect your skin from the sun:

Excess exposure to the sun might cause a lot of damage to your skin if you suffer from acne. Also, if you’re already undergoing any kind of medication for acne, sun exposure can be lethal for you. Hence, protecting your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun (acne or no acne) is extremely essential, and the first point of skincare in dealing with humidity and acne.

Before you wander out in the sun, apply a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30, and choose a product that is acne friendly, and does not cause any harm to your acne or pimples. If your problems increase, also visit a dermatologist for the treatment of your acne.

Take care of your skin, and do not compromise with this one!