During summers, sweat and oil secretion increases and get deposited on the skin. An oily and sweaty skin also attracts more dirt and pollutants. Which is why summers aggravate acne problem because of heat and sweat.
Following are some tips to prevent skin from acne during the heated climate
Cleansing is the keyword
Daily cleansing and skin care, with appropriate products, is the only way of protecting the skin from eruptions and oily-skin problems. The pores must be kept free of hardened oil and the oiliness of the skin surface must also be reduced.
If your skin is oily, an astringent toner should be used after cleansing. Wipe the face with it, using cotton. Some home ingredients can also be used. Rose water can be mixed with cucumber juice and applied on the face to reduce oiliness. Night-time cleansing is a must, to remove the pollutants that have been deposited on the skin during the day.
Wash your face with plain water
During summer, people tend to wash their face too often with soap and water. This actually destroys the normal acid-alkaline balance of the skin, since most soaps are alkaline in nature. If there is rash, pimples or acne, the face should be washed with a medicated soap, or medicated cleanser only twice a day, morning and night. You may wash the face several times a day with plenty of plain water.
No blackheads, no acne
Preventing blackheads help in the prevention of acne. If there are blackheads, a facial scrub should be used on the blackhead-prone areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash. Mix rice powder with rose water. Apply it on the areas with blackheads daily. Rub gently on the skin with circular movements. Leave on for five minutes and wash off with water. This can be done after cleansing in the morning.
Avoid use of oily creams
If the skin is oily and prone to eruptions, avoid the use of oily creams and moisturisers. If there is dryness of the skin, it is usually a superficial dryness of the outermost layer. For this, mix one teaspoon each of honey and curd and apply daily, washing off with plain water after 20 minutes.
A paste of fresh methi leaves can also be applied on the skin. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with water.
Neem leaves can also be used to treat rashes, pimples and acne. A handful of neem leaves can be simmered on very low fire in four cups of water for one hour. Leave it overnight. Next morning, strain and use the water to wash the face. Make a paste of the leaves and apply on pimples, rash and acne.
It is also important to make sure that the hair and scalp are kept scrupulously clean. If the scalp is oily, or if there is dandruff, it can lead to pimples and acne. Keep the hair away from the face while you sleep.
Cleanliness is an important aspect
If your skin is prone to pimples, wash your pillow covers and towels often in warm soapy water, after adding two teaspoons of an antiseptic solution.
Also remember to wash your cosmetic brushes very often and dry them thoroughly before putting them away.
Drink plenty of water
Acne can out of a congested system also. So, include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and curd in your daily diet and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water. Add lime juice to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning.
Last, but not the least, if acne makes an appearance, get professional care at right time, because acne can spread and cause extensive scarring.
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