The monsoons bring a feeling of relief after the sweltering heat of summer. And who doesn’t love being a little drenched every now and then! But have you noticed that the rains can make your acne worse? You need to show some love to your skin this season to prevent breakouts. Here we share some tips that will help you take care of your skin while enjoying the beauty of the pouring rain!

Why do you get more acne during breakouts?
You may only get acne during the rainy season or year-round, especially if you have oily skin. The rainy season is characterized by hot weather and increased humidity. This weather condition leads to overproduction of sebum which makes your skin even more oily. This excess oil along with dirt and dead skin cells clog the pores of your skin, leading to pimples.

Additionally, excess moisture and warmth in the air will help acne-causing germs, such as bacteria or fungi, to multiply on your skin. These germs feed on substances deposited on the surface of your skin and make your acne even worse when it rains.

Skin care tips for people prone to acne in the rainy season
First, to wash away excess oil and dirt, use a gentle cleanser that’s right for your skin type. However, remember not to overwash as this will dehydrate your skin. Your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the dryness, which in turn makes you more prone to breakouts.

Use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week. This will remove dirt and dead cells from the surface of the skin, and at the same time unclog pores. Products with BHA (beta hydroxy acid) like salicylic acid are not only helpful in treating existing acne, but also preventing future breakouts.

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You can also use a plant-based toner for a little extra cleansing to remove makeup or other products from your skin. A little rose water or green tea can refresh your skin and help prevent breakouts.

You should avoid heavy makeup and oily products this season if you have oily and acne-prone skin. Also don’t skip your sunscreen.

You may not feel very thirsty during the rainy season, but remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. You can also try some natural drinks like turmeric latte, green tea or kefir that will help you get clear skin from within.

Avoid foods that are greasy, spicy or high in sugar, and also excess alcohol and caffeine. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to get the right amount of vitamins and antioxidants. This will keep your skin healthy and reduce blemishes.

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Home remedies to get rid of acne during pimples
Below, we list some easy-to-find, natural ingredients that can help you reduce acne during the rainy season.

Neem leaves and sandalwood package
Using:
Take a handful of crushed fresh neem leaves or two tablespoons of neem powder and mix it with an equal amount or sandalwood powder. You can add a few drops of rose water to make a thick paste. Apply this mixture on your face or other affected areas and let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water and apply an unscented moisturizer.

Benefit:
Neem has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help kill the bacteria that cause acne, while sandalwood calms inflammation and soothes the skin.

Potato juice
Using:
You can take the juice of a medium-sized potato or slice it similarly. Apply the juice or slices to the acne-affected area and let it dry.

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Benefit:
Potatoes are rich in glycoalkaloids and starch. It can soothe skin inflammation and absorb excess oil, thereby helping to reduce acne.

Brown sugar
Using:
Mix 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey to make a paste. Gently rub your skin with this mixture. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.

Benefit:
This mixture will help remove impurities from the surface of your skin and also unclog clogged pores. Honey has antibacterial properties and also hydrates your skin. So this scrub has a great anti-acne effect.

About the author: Dr. Kaustav Guha, Head of R&D at SkinKraft . Laboratories

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