Dr Shuba Dharmana, Dermatologist & Medical Director, Lejeune Medspa, Bangalore, tells us how to keep oiliness at bay with these skincare tips for the monsoon.
Every skin is different and its important to identify if you have oily acne prone skin or combination skin or dry skin. Customized skincare routine is of prime importance during monsoon because the humidity in the air favours bacterial growth. Those prone to oily skin and comedones will see more breakouts due to heat and humidity. If you have dry skin but are using heavy creams, it would be advisable to switch to lighter lotions and creams.
Follow these simple steps to take care of your skin in this season:
- Exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator twice a week to deep cleanse and remove dirt and grime from the face along. Exfoliation will also take care of dead skin cells to reveal fresh radiant skin.
- Use light water-based moisturising lotions or gel-based serums in monsoons. Due to humidity, bacterial growth and breakouts are common. Avoid using thick creams, which can clog pores.
- Look for serums with hyaluronic acid, which are light enough, non-comdeogenic yet hydrate the skin well.
- Your doctor could prescribe a facewash with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid if you have acne prone skin.
- Treatments such as hydrafacial will help remove blackheads and whiteheads. It works wonders on oily skin in this season.
- Carbon peel done in a dermatologist’s clinic also helps reduce oil gland activity and helps to reduce open pores when done regularly.
- If you do get drenched in rain, wash away the rain water from your skin and hair to protect yourself from the harmful pollutants and chemicals in the environment.
- Dry your skin thoroughly since moisture favours fungal infections.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more even during monsoons to protect your self from sun’s harmful rays. Use a water proof non-comedogenic sunscreen.