How to prevent the rebound effect of acne after the summer?

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Skin has a long memory. Not following our cleansing and skincare routine correctly during the holidays or over-exposing ourselves to the sun with inadequate sun protection (it is important that its composition is free of fats and oils) can cause our oily or acne-prone skin to experience a sudden outbreak of acne after the summer. This is known as the "acne rebound effect".

Acne is one of the most common skin problems, whether due to hormonal activity, stress, taking certain medications, the use of poor quality cosmetics or, to a lesser extent, the type of diet. Fortunately, during the summer season, the truth is that people with acne problems notice an improvement in the condition of their skin (especially in the case of those who are mildly or moderately prone). This situation (we notice that our pimples are diminishing or disappearing from our face) often leads us to stop using the cosmetics that we consider to be our best allies during the rest of the year, which is a serious mistake! This supposed improvement is deceptive and, with the end of the summer, even lesions (inflammatory or non-inflammatory) can get worse.

Why does it improve the condition of the skin?

Exposure to the sun and bathing in swimming pools or salt water dries out the skin on the face, and with it the acne, which makes the skin look "healthier" for a slight period of time. At this point, and with such a level of improvement, people with acne problems relax and begin to neglect their habits and care.

Ultraviolet radiation also has an antibacterial action and eliminates the micro-organisms involved in the appearance of pimples and blackheads, making the skin look smoother. And will these effects last for long? Long enough for us to become complacent and for a few days or weeks to neglect our skincare beauty rituals. We tend to think that our nightmare is over - and nothing could be further from the truth! This is due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect of the sun, plus the fact that tanning helps to camouflage skin lesions. But it is certainly temporary.

Trouble is brewing: the acne rebound effect

The summer may have given you a break and you may have thought you didn't need to continue with your acne treatment. But what happens next? Faced with increased exposure to the sun, the skin tries to protect itself from radiation and heat and, in response, it thickens, which ends up clogging the sebaceous glands. On top of all this, if you've used an inadequately formulated sunscreen with the wrong factor, your skin will have become even thicker. What does it all boil down to? You're more likely to get pimples and blackheads on your face again! The solution to stopping acne breakouts after every summer is to keep up your daily skincare routine during the holidays - the key is not to slack off on your daytime and nighttime habits and routines! And if you haven't done it enough, get cracking!

There is also a greater danger that prolonged exposure to the sun can cause. Areas with acne or scars that have developed after inflammation of the skin can become hyperpigmented and dark spots can appear as a result of excess melanin production. This aesthetic problem of our skin could be more complicated to solve than the acne itself.

Tips to avoid post-summer acne breakouts

There are no excuses when it comes to following a complete facial care routine and avoiding pimples from making a strong presence on your face as summer comes to an end. Some people put it down to lack of time, others to lack of space in their suitcases to travel with the necessary products, but remember that there is only one skin and consistency is synonymous with success to avoid the rebound effect of acne!

The secret? Take a few minutes every morning and evening to stand in front of the mirror and spend some time pampering your skin. Start by thoroughly cleansing your face with the right sebum-regulating products that won't weaken your skin's defences. This will prevent dirt from accumulating in the pores, preventing the appearance of blackheads and pimples. It is also recommended to exfoliate the skin weekly (as long as there is no inflammation) and use a specific mask to dry pimples and heal lesions.

Just as important as proper cleansing is daily moisturising with a product formulated for this type of skin, which also regulates the amount of sebum, as heat stimulates the sebaceous glands to prevent dehydration. You should use it twice a day, morning and night. It is also advisable to drink approximately two litres of water a day for hydration inside and out! When it comes to applying products such as make-up or sunscreen, always choose those that are suitable for oily and acne-prone skin.

And as logical as it may seem, we all make this mistake! Avoid touching and pinching pimples, as this will only spread the infection and cause scarring. Our final tip for oily or acne-prone skin is to make sure you use specific cleansing and treatment cosmetics during your holiday, e.g. an anti-seborrhoeic soap, micellar water for deep cleansing and moisturising, a serum to regulate sebum production and refine pores, as well as a mask to purify this type of skin. If it is already too late and you have neglected your habits a little, it is time to get back to them as soon as possible to avoid an even greater rebound effect.

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