Q: I love the summer time but it makes my acne break out. Can you recommend skincare tips that can help?

 A: Here are several ways for you to manage your acne during the summer time. 

1.     Control oil.

Heat and humidity irritate oil glands. Control oiliness by washing your face with a foaming cleanser twice daily. Cleansing too often can break down the skin’s protective barrier, causing excessive dryness and irritation, and ultimately worsen breakouts.

2.     Lighten up on your moisturizer.

Summer is an ideal time to lighten up on your moisturizer. You don’t need as heavy a moisturizer during the summertime to keep acne-treatment dryness at bay. Pick one labeled noncomedogenic and oil-free. 

3.     Use Sunscreen.

Many acne medications make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so regular use of a sunscreen is a must. Choose an oil-free sunscreen of at least SPF 40. You may even want to try a tinted sunscreen, which is a good choice for people who would like to tone down acne-related redness.

4.     Shower after you sweat.

Sweat can irritate acne. Shower after working out or after you’ve been sweating. By thoroughly washing away sweat as soon as possible, you can help reduce the severity of breakouts. Also, wear breathable cotton instead of synthetic fabrics.