Maintain hygiene, follow a beauty regime religiously and eat well to keep acne at bay, these are the basic that everyone knows. But what else do you need to know to keep your skin from breaking out this season.
Madhu Arora, who owns a skincare clinic in Delhi, suggests how to combat acne during monsoon:
1. Use anti-acne face productsStart by using products that have anti-acne qualities. Use a gel-based face wash followed by a toner and then a gel-based moisturiser. Salicylic-based soaps are good for acne prone skin on back and arms.
2. Hand off!Acne may worsen during monsoon season if hygiene is not maintained. So, in addition to following a proper beauty regime, avoid touching the face if your hands aren't washed.
3. Shrink body tissuesIf your skin is oily, an astringent should be used after cleansing. Wipe the face with it using cotton wool. Astringents are mainly used on the skin to penetrate and remove all traces of dirt and oil and constrict body tissues.
4. No junk foodYou have to keep an eye on your diet as well. Avoid junk food during monsoon season. Oily food and soft drinks tend to make the skin oilier. Consume at least three litres of water a day for healthy skin. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of warm water and have it first thing in the morning. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts, whole grains and curd in your daily diet.
5. Use a face scrubPreventing blackheads helps to prevent acne. If there are blackheads, a facial scrub should be used on the blackhead-prone areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash.