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Summer is here. This means barbecues, the beach and other outdoor fun. However, rising temperatures, a poor diet and sunscreen can irritate pores and cause oilier skin.

Water’s Edge’s team of acne dermatologists  answer questions and provide advice on the best summer skin care for acne prevention.

Is diet important for clear skin? It is not proven that ingesting fried or greasy foods causes acne, according to our acne dermatologists, but oils remaining on the skin can clog the pores. Certain foods may trigger breakouts and should be avoided to prevent flare-ups. A healthy diet and plenty of hydration is recommended to enhance the well-being and look of your skin.

What is the oil on skin? The oil produced on our skin is called sebum and its purpose is to keep the skin from drying out. However, an increase in production may cause breakouts and irritation. Prevent breakouts by minimizing the oil and bacteria on the skin. A regimen can be as simple as washing the face with soap and water. Antibacterial soap like Dial or Cetaphil will reduce the bacteria. Wash immediately after sports and workouts. If oil persists, a toner or benzoyl peroxide product may need to be added.

What kind of skin products should I use? 

Clogged pores may need a retinoid. Retinoids, like Retin A Micro, speed up the skin-cell turnover time by putting a light peel on the skin, which prevents pores from clogging. Be careful to choose makeup, moisturizers and sunscreens that don’t clog pores. Check the labels and look for wording like non-comedogenic, non-greasy or oil-free. Products like Cerave and Cetaphil are just two available options. Elta MD and Minus Sol are sunscreens available in our office.  A facial is recommended by our cosmetic dermatologists and estheticians, and this service is available in many of our offices. to keep the skin from drying out. However, an increase in production may cause breakouts and irritation. Prevent breakouts by minimizing the oil and bacteria on the skin. A regimen can be as simple as washing the face with soap and water. Antibacterial soap like Dial or Cetaphil will reduce the bacteria. Wash immediately after sports and workouts. If oil persists, a toner or benzoyl peroxide product may need to be added.

Look your best all year! Good skin care is recommended all year. Our desire at the Florida center for dermatology is to help you look great, but protecting your skin from damage and harmful rays is most important. Always moisturize your skin, keep it well hydrated and use protective clothing and sunblock. The skin is our first line of defense and should be protected every day.

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