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It’s a given that acne is infuriating all the time, but it gets progressively more annoying and uncomfortable in summer when our smooth-faced friends are peeling back the make-up layers while we’re left working out how to swim in foundation.
So before you punch that poreless friend that tells you to ‘let skin breath in the summer and your spots will go’ (seriously – no suggestion could be more infuriating), have a read of the weird and wonderful acne secrets that aren’t widely known.
Sun cream is your friend (your best friend)
We’ve all tried the ‘sun will fix it’ trick. Yes, a tan will make skin look less blotchy but UV damage weakens the cells and causes inflammation, making your acne worse in the process. We know sun cream feels greasy but there are now mattifying SPFs (Eucerin Sun Face Mattifying Fluid SPF 50+ is a Powder HQ favourite) that won’t clog pores.
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Rub lemon on your face
Who knew lemons could be so great for acne? When juiced and applied like a toner, the citric acid gently exfoliates skin, and since it’s a natural astringent it stops blackheads and acne from creeping up on you. Don’t stop when your acne is gone either as the vitamin C brightens up any scarring left behind.
Your mane problem
You wouldn’t think it but what you put on your hair could be making your acne worse. Shampoos that are heavily perfumed or sticky gels and sprays can irritate skin and clog pores. Particularly if you have a fringe (which often gets greasy quickly), the oils or product residue in your hair rubs against your forehead and is a key culprit for breakouts. Stick to fragrance free shampoos and try to keep second day hair that’s a little oilier tied back and off your face.
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Turn down the heat
Piping hot water causes blood cells to dilate in a bid to cool the surface of your skin, but this process causes flushing and inflammation. We’re not suggesting you only have freezing cold showers but try to have a slightly cooler one and wash your face with tepid water to keep skin cool, calm and (hopefully) collected.
Change your pillowcases, often
Given – it’s a bit of a chore, but try to change and wash your pillowcases every couple of days. When left, bedding acts as a perfect reservoir for pore-clogging facial oils and bacteria (yikes!). Even better, switch to silk pillowcases as they won’t rub so much against your skin.
If you're still convinced that treating acne with products is the best option, then why don't you let us help you find a face mask?