How to Combat Oily Skin This Summer

Every complexion is unique and when you have oily skin, it can be a challenge to get under control, especially during those hot days of summer. Clogged pores, a shiny face, and breakouts can develop and ruin your self-confidence. Dermatologists are sharing their favorite tips on how to combat oily skin and achieve a balanced, radiant, clear complexion to get that confidence back!

Blame It On The Sebaceous Glands

You know you have oily skin when your face takes on a shiny appearance even after cleansing a few hours ago. You may notice greasiness on your T-zone (across the forehead and down the nose). Skincare experts say this is because you’re producing too much sebum, which are the natural oils found under the pores of the sebaceous glands. When sebum mixes with dead skin cells, it can cause acne, which is a frustrating combination. Oily skin is usually the result of genetics, but it can also develop due to general aging and enlarged pores, incorrect skincare products for your complexion, stress, diet and your environment’s geographical location.

Everyone’s skin makes sebum, and its main role is to support skin health by offering hydration. However, during the summer season when the temperatures rise and the air becomes dry, sebum overload occurs and the sebaceous glands produce extra sebum to ensure that the skin remains moisturized. Excess sebum production combined with sweat from the heat results in a constantly shiny face. It’s key to evaluate your individual complexion care needs and use the proper oil-control formulas.

Skincare Tips

Powerful but Gentle Cleansing

Dermatologists recommend that you wash your face with products that will work for your complexion all day long. That means choosing a cleanser with powerful ingredients such as glycolic acid. It’s excellent for oil control and gently removes dead skin cells to expose new, brighter skin below.

Non-Comedogenic Sunscreen

During summertime, you need to protect your complexion daily from the strong and damaging UVA/UVB rays. Skincare pros advise wearing a light sunscreen made especially for oily complexions and one that won’t clog your pores (non-comedogenic). We offer a wide variety of dermatologist-approved sunscreens made for each unique skin type, including oily skin.

Exfoliation For Smoother, Glowing Skin

Continue to exfoliate during the summer because this step in your skincare routine has a major benefit. The right exfoliating formulas can turn over new cells and allow moisturizing products to deeply penetrate the skin. That means your hydrating serums and moisturizers will be able to perform more effectively to balance your oily complexion and still nourish your skin from the sun’s UV rays.

Makeup-Free For A Breathable Complexion

Another way to maintain radiant, smooth, clear skin is by skipping your foundation and cosmetics. Heavy foundation can get trapped in your pores and clog them, which leads to even more skin problems. Your pores will definitely thank you for a breathable complexion.

Schedule a Consultation

Here at Arlington Dermatology, our skincare team is ready to take your complexion to the next amazing level. Schedule an appointment today, and love the skin you’re in!

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