Pimples, redness and the like always appear when we need them the least. We will now tell you five typical reasons for skin blemishes in summer and what you can do about them
This is how beautiful summer skin works
Using the same rich day cream in summer as in winter can trigger pimples. Reason: In summer, the skin produces more fat. “In addition, higher temperatures promote the growth of the so-called propionibacteria,” says Dr. Patricia Ogilvie, dermatologist in Munich. These promote blackheads and inflammation.
Tip 1: For young skin, light creams are ideal that moisturize with algae or yeast extracts and slow down pimples with antibacterial agents. Mature skin needs products that contain anti-aging ingredients like magnolia extract and soothing cucumber while fighting blemishes with whitewood or thyme extracts.
DIRT CLOGS PORES
Sufficient UV protection is important in the sun. But “overly sunscreen and heavy sweating can clog pores and lead to breakouts,” explains Linda Blahr, Scientific Director of SkinCeuticals.
Tip 2: Clean the skin from the sunscreen-sweat mixture in between. This is easy to do on the beach with a micellar cleaning solution. Drizzle onto three or four cotton pads and wrap in aluminum foil to take with you. Alternative: moist cleansing wipes for the face. Then apply cream again.
HEAT PROMOTES PIMPLES
Rarely on the beach do pimples spoil the holiday mood. The reasons: “Heat and UV radiation stimulate blood circulation in the skin, which can lead to impurities,” says expert Blahr. And: UV rays thicken the horny layer of the epidermis. Dermatologist Ogilvie: “It promotes pimples.”
Tip 3: Use sun creams that contain anti-inflammatory zinc compounds, sebum-regulating glyceryl laurate, but also mattifying substances such as perlite or sugar derivatives. Look for the “non-comedogenic” label on your products. That means it doesn’t contain any ingredients that promote blackheads.
“The skin benefits from a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet,” says Dr. Ogilvie, dermatologist at the Berlin Charité.
Tip 4: Vitamins, minerals and trace elements (e.g. in fruit, vegetables, salads, nuts and whole grain products) can significantly improve the complexion. Vitamin C kills acne bacteria, vitamin A regulates sebum and horny cell production. Vitamin B6 has a hormone-balancing effect, and zinc has anti-inflammatory properties. If necessary, support the diet with a dietary supplement.
STRESS PROMOTES INFLAMMATION
“Stress releases the hormone cortisol. It stimulates sebum production, weakens the immune system and can thus promote inflammation,” says Dr. Ogilvie. Studies show that excitement reduces the amount of endogenous antimicrobial substances on the skin’s surface. This can also promote pimple formation.
Tip 5: Slow down – holidays are the best time for this. In addition, skin creams are useful, the z. B. with mud from the Dead Sea at the same time strengthen the skin barrier, reduce stress-related redness and act against impurities (e.g. from Ahava).