Everything You Need To Know About Acne In Summer

Acne is a common skin condition which can become more problematic in the summer. To understand how to minimise any flares in the summer months, it’s important to understand some basic principles behind the cause of acne.

What causes acne?

Acne is a multifactorial condition – meaning that there are multiple factors that come into play that eventually lead to the inflammatory spots seen on the skin. One of the key risk factors is having naturally seborrhoeic (oily) skin. This means our skin pores are more susceptible to becoming clogged with sebum (natural skin oils) and keratin (dead skin). Secondly, we all have a naturally occurring bacteria called P.Acnes that is found on our skin. However, this bacteria thrives in oily environments – which is why this naturally occurring bacteria can then become problematic if you are prone to developing acne, as both sebum and bacteria create a perfect environment for inflammation and acne to develop.

Is acne worse in the summer?

The summer months can be particularly challenging for acne sufferers and the key reason is due to humidity and sweating.

Increased humidity leads to excessive sweating (because the damp air doesn’t allow the sweat to evaporate from the skin as it would in drier climates) which contributes to an overall even greasier environment on the skin surface. Sweating can lead to further blockage of follicles and alongside the already greasy environment, P.Acnes can multiple rapidly resulting in further inflammation.

What can you do? Be vigilant about using your Dermatica prescription product as directed and get in touch if you have any questions.

Dr Noha Elshimy
Dr Noha Elshimy
Dr Noha Elshimy graduated from the University of Birmingham with honours and two distinctions. She is currently undergoing her specialisation in dermatology in the UK. Through her training, she wholly appreciates both the physical and psychological impact that dermatological conditions can have on patients. She has a passion for teaching others and has been regularly involved with teaching medical students from the local university.
Originally published July 10 2018, updated July 03 2019

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