Going out on tropical-esque adventures to help beat the heat of the season is definitely one of the most exciting parts of summer, but while looking sun-kissed is great for that sparkling, bronze glow, too much sun can also lead to unwanted, acne breakouts. 

The sun is the main culprit for acne flare-ups, because it increases oil production and the clogging of pores. Even if a product claims to be “oil-free,” the sun can still increase oil production by stimulating androgen production.

Why is the Sun a Common Culprit Behind Breakouts? 

The ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause sunburns and age your skin may also cause acne. Acne can be worsened by sun exposure (sunburns and tanning) that causes your skin to dry out. Even the oiliest of skins can lack moisture under the intensity of the sun, triggering your sebaceous glands to make up for it by overproducing sebum. 

Enzymes in your skin, called proteases, digest dead skin cells and debris from the surface of your skin. UV rays make those proteases more active, so the dead skin cells and debris build-up at a faster rate. That extra buildup of dead skin cells and debris, on top of the excess sebum production, can clog pores and lead to blackheads and whiteheads. 

Other Factors to Consider that Lead to Summer-Time Acne Breakouts

1. Pollution

Pollutants in the air can also cause acne breakouts. In fact, some researchers have suggested that pollution can lead to the accumulation of free radicals on the skin that may cause acne breakouts. It’s because of these free radicals that pollution is linked to premature aging.

2. Pore-Clogging Makeup

The sun is not the only factor to blame for acne breakouts. Beyond the sun, and pollution, the most common culprit for acne breakouts is pore-clogging makeup. 

Makeup isn’t always something that you can just wash off. Especially when it’s heavy, long-lasting makeup-like foundations and concealers. These products are meant to stay put, but they can end up creating a film on your skin that can be a breeding ground for bacteria and lead to breakouts.

3. Dehydration

Dry skin is usually the first thing most people think of when it comes to acne. However, dehydration can lead to acne breakouts even if your skin is oily. 

In fact, dry skin is actually a bigger factor in acne than oily skin because it is caused by the natural evaporation of water. This is particularly true if your skin isn’t getting the right amount of hydration.

It's also important to remember that without proper hydration, your collagen and elastin fibers break down at a much faster rate, causing wrinkles and fine lines.

The Bottom Line: Investing in the Right Skincare Products to Protect Yourself from Summer-Time Acne

Because of all of the factors that can contribute to acne, it’s best to use products that not only protect you from the sun but also moisturize and detoxify. Of course, one of the most important products to always wear whenever you go out is sunscreen.

In addition to a sunscreen with at least an SPF rating of 30, it's also worth adding Thanaka powder to your skincare routine to protect you against the negative impact of the sun. 

This is because Thanaka powder is a natural tree bark powder that is rich in antioxidants and minerals. These antioxidants and minerals can help protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.

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