Here’s how to avoid acne flare-ups in the summer heat during your honeymoon

Expert tips on how to avoid pimples and blackheads and beat the heat.

Maintaining clear and healthy skin during summer, especially if you are planning you are set to go on your honeymoon, is a priority for many. One of the most common skin conditions during this time is acne. Yes, the weather does have a lot to do with the pustules, pimples, and blackheads—especially on the forehead and chin. This is because the heat and humidity cause the skin to sweat more, and produce more oil, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts. 

We want your summer honeymoon to be smooth sailing which is why we’ve made a comprehensive guide to help you prevent acne flare-ups during your time away with your boo.

Hydration is key

Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining skin health, particularly in hot weather. Adequate hydration helps regulate oil production and keeps the skin's barrier function intact, reducing the likelihood of acne breakouts. Ensure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from within.

Choose lightweight, non-comedogenic skincare products

Do opt for lightweight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic (tending to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin) skincare products that won't clog your pores. Look for labels indicating "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free" on cleansers, moisturisers, and sunscreens to minimise the risk of pore blockage and acne formation.

Sun protection is non-negotiable

Sun exposure can exacerbate acne and cause inflammation, leading to more frequent breakouts. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours, especially if you're spending time outdoors to prevent pore congestion.

Keep your skin clean

Sweat, sunscreen, and environmental pollutants can accumulate on the skin's surface, potentially clogging pores and triggering acne flare-ups. Maintain a diligent skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing twice a day to remove impurities and excess oil without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.

Avoid excessive heat exposure

High temperatures can stimulate the production of sebum, the skin's natural oil, leading to increased acne breakouts. Limit prolonged exposure to extreme heat, and seek shade whenever possible to prevent excessive sweating and oiliness.

Watch your diet

While enjoying local cuisine is an integral part of any honeymoon experience, be mindful of your dietary choices. Limit consumption of sugary, greasy, and processed foods, as they can exacerbate acne. Instead, opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support skin health.

Manage stress levels

Planning a honeymoon can be stressful, but high levels of stress can trigger hormonal changes that contribute to acne breakouts. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation to promote relaxation and keep stress levels in check.

Consult with your dermatologist

If you have a history of acne or are prone to flare-ups, consider scheduling a pre-honeymoon consultation with your dermatologist. They can assess your skin condition, provide personalised recommendations, and prescribe topical or oral medications if necessary to help keep acne under control during your honeymoon.

Inputs by Dr Kashish Kalra, MBBS, MD, a dermatologist, hair transplant surgeon, the founder of Dr Kalra Skin Clinic and the head of department at Max Superspeciality Hospital

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