Acne breakouts can be worse during summer.

Acne Treatments During Summer

Heat causes your pores to open and also stimulates oil production in the skin and causes you to sweat. This is why the heat of summer can be a difficult time for people prone to acne breakouts on their face, chest, and upper back. We’ll offer some tips on effective acne treatment at home during the summer months.

Summer Heat Leads to Clogged Pores

Heat opens your pores and allows your body to cool itself by sweating. When your body perspires, the sweat produced can also wash out dead skin cells, dirt, grime, and excess body oil that have settled on your skin. This cleansing and purification by sweating is the principle behind the sauna. However, when the pores are open, they can also become clogged with the dislodged impurities.

Clogged pores are the leading cause of summer acne breakouts in the common acne zones of the face, chest, and upper back. During the hot summer months, people who are prone to acne breakouts have to ensure they follow a daily program of skin cleansing and hygiene in the acne zones, especially when inflammatory acne is apparent.

Inflammatory acne occurs when these clogged pores cause bacteria to grow and infect the skin. The infections appear as red, enlarged, and painful blotches on the skin.

Prevent Summer Acne

Get into the habit of thoroughly cleaning your face twice daily during hot days and whenever you sweat. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser formulated for acne prevention. In Thailand, you’ll find many cleansing products on the shelves of pharmacies specifically designed to control acne breakouts effectively.

  • Choose products marked "alcohol-free," and avoid astringents, exfoliants, and toners that can irritate your skin.
  • Clean with your fingertips instead of using sponges, washcloths, and loofahs. These washing applications can irritate sensitive acne skin areas.
  • Keep your hair clean. The oil from your hair can cause acne breakouts on your forehead. The oil can also be transferred to other areas on the face by running your fingers through your hair and touching your face.
  • Give your hygiene regimen enough time to work. It often takes up to several weeks for a skin cleansing program to show results.
  • Don’t touch your acne areas. Touching your acne and picking at pimples can slow down the healing that a cleansing regimen provides.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and keep acne areas covered.

Seek Professional Help for Problem Acne

If the acne treatment you’ve chosen is not delivering the desired results after a month or more of use, Nirunda Clinic in Bangkok offers several effective professional acne treatments. Our board-certified dermatologists can schedule an examination for you. After the examination, they'll be able to recommend a suitable treatment that will bring your acne under control.

Effective Acne Treatments

Nirunda Clinic offers prescription acne medicines and topical creams. We also offer acne injections of cortisone to effectively reduce cases of inflammatory acne and make pimples and cysts heal faster.

A fairly new treatment offered at our clinic is blue light therapy. Blue light therapy is a variety of phototherapy. It uses light focused on areas of the skin to kill certain types of bacteria that cause inflammatory acne. Blue light therapy doesn't use UV rays, so it doesn't increase the risks of skin cancer and skin aging.

We also offer different types of acne laser treatment. Collagen remodeling laser treatment improves the function of the skin by penetrating the skin’s sebaceous layer and stimulating healthy collagen production. The treatment also helps reduce the depth of the acne blemishes, making them easier to treat.

Low-level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is effective at treating severe inflammatory acne. It uses two types of light rays. Blue-light rays help kill the bacteria causing acne, while red-light rays help acne blemishes and wounds to heal. They also improve skin cell function and stimulate collagen growth.

Nirunda Clinic also offers acne extraction that can reduce the pain and discomfort of cystic acne. This medical procedure individually clears the pores of comedones (those small bumps that form under the skin), using magnification and sterile tools. The procedure helps the skin area heal faster and prevents new acne breakouts from occurring in the summer heat.

Finally, we can offer chemical peels that help rid the skin on your face of bumps, whiteheads, and blackheads. At Nirunda Clinic, we generally offer a chemical peel as an optional final treatment that helps improve the results of other treatments.

Visit Nirunda Clinic

If you’re noticing an increase in your acne breakouts because of the summer heat, and your skin hygiene regimen isn’t effective in reducing the number or severity of the breakouts, visit Nirunda Clinic. Our dermatologists can provide an examination and consultation and recommend the right treatment for you to get your acne under control.