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5 Tips to Prevent Summer Breakouts

@jasmine__melnik used the Clear Skin Anti Blemish Face Wash and Intensive Spot Serum to help reduce her blemishes.


With summer fun comes summer sweat, salt and sometimes spots. Wonder why your skin is breaking out in summer or you experience forehead acne in summer? An increase in overall sweatiness, thanks to long, hot sunny days and humidity mixed with build up from sand and dirt from outdoor activities can lead to clogged pores and increased breakouts both on the face and body. Here are our top tips for preventing warm weather summer breakouts this season:

Prevent summer acne breakouts and blemishes with these 5 hot tips:

1. Wash your face and body

A wash gel containing BHAs or AHAs is going to help remove daily buildup as well as layers of makeup, SPF and sweat. Use it on the face and body to prevent body breakouts as well as those on your face.



Salicylic Acid is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) and helps clear oil from deep within the pores, which helps minimise the bacteria that causes your breakouts in the first place.

Shop now: Clear Skin Anti Blemish Face Wash


Glycolic Acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that helps gently break down the bonds between the dull, dead cells on the top layers of the skin, making way for dramatically improved smoothness and radiance. Glycolic also helps reduce sun damaged skin, addresses rough and flaky patches, improves hydration, increases cellular turnover and diminishes the appearance of pigmentation. Phew!

Shop now: Resurfacing Facial Cleansing Wash Gel with Glycolic Acid 


2. Exfoliate regularly

Gentle, regular exfoliation is always recommended but especially if you experience summer skin breakouts and acne. It helps ensure skin is free from build up and congestion - all those things that cause spots and acne and breakouts in summer.


A dual scrub

A Glycolic Scrub combined with the powers of vitamin c and a microdermabrasion scrub particle. To buff away congestion, uneven skin texture and rough, flaky patches.

Shop now: Resurfacing Micro Dermabrasion Facial Exfoliating Scrub


Exfoliate and brighten

Lactic, Mandelic and Glycolic Acid team with with superior brightening powers of turmeric (tetrahydrocurcumin at 0.25%), mulberry and licorice extracts to deliver a gentle yet effective surface exfoliation, preventing breakouts AND the pigmentation that often happens after.

Shop now: Brightening Correction Peel



3. Incorporate actives to help 

AHAs, BHAs, Niacinamide, Willow Bark extract and Vitamin C all help to prevent and reduce breakouts by clearing out pores, balancing oil production, calming and nourishing the skin and ensuring it is healthy and glowing.


Shop now: Clear Skin Multi Fruit Acid Serum

Shop now: Resurfacing Active Moisture Cream

Shop now: Clear Skin Intensive Spot Serum


4. Bacne? Don’t forget your body

More acne in the summer isn't limited to your face, and there are plenty of products available to help treat body acne. As well as using an active wash gel cleanser (see point 1) try applying a mist treatment.


Exfoliation in one swipe - or spray!

Using a mist is great for those hard-to-reach spots like your back, and the Glycolic Acid in the Resurfacing Facial Toning Mist helps gently exfoliate away congestion.

For use on the face, simply spray on a reusable cotton pad and wipe gently across the skin after cleansing and before serums or moisture creams. Voila, gently exfoliated, hydrated, smooth skin!

Shop now: Resurfacing Facial Toning Mist with Glycolic Acid


5. Use a lightweight moisture cream

You still need to moisturise in the summer, moisturisers help replace any hydration your skin has lost to the heat. Simply opt for a lightweight, low oil cream to hydrate without adding weight to the skin.


Try a Niacinamide & Willow Bark lotion

While it is a serum, it doubles as a light lotion. Containing Niacinamide to help regulate oil production and protect the skin barrier, as well as calming 

Shop now: Clear Skin Intensive Spot Serum


Your new favourite summer gel cream

A collection of hyaluronic acids ensure this gel-like cream is super hydrating, without feeling heavy or greasy.

Shop now: Essentials Hydrating Gel Cream



To avoid post inflammatory hyperpigmentation aka scars after a spot has healed, ALWAYS wear sunscreen.

Shop now: Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+

Final word on summer blemishes and acne

Summer breakouts aren’t fun but with our top tips they’ll be hopefully kept to a minimum so you can enjoy your long, sunny days carefree. Skin’s needs change with the season and your environment so if you’re in the opposite season check out our Winter Skincare Tips


Keep Reading: The Best Moisturiser for Hot Summer Days

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