In the Clear

Do breakouts have you staying in, covering up, or feeling down and out? If so, you’re not alone. Thanks to sweating and sun exposure, hot weather often exacerbates acne, which can find its way to your face, back, shoulders, and chest. But you’ll be in the clear with a few preventive measures:

Keep it clean. Wash twice a day using a gentle, oil-free product, but don’t scrub too hard. Shower regularly, especially after exercise, to remove sunscreen and sweat.

Go natural. If you slather on makeup to conceal breakouts, stop! Use a lightweight, tinted sunscreen for smooth coverage without build-up. And be sure to wash it off before bed.

Hands down. Resist the urge to touch your face — or squeeze your blemishes. While you’re at it, try to keep hair, phone receivers, and other objects away from your skin. Not only will this help prevent breakouts, it can also keep sun block in place.

If you do get an acne invasion, apply an over-the-counter product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. For widespread or stubborn cases, consult your doctor for more intensive treatment options.

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