Summer can be rough on our skin. Not only are we exposed to more sun and heat, but we’re also swimming in salt water and chlorine, swiping on sunscreen left and right, and sweating more than usual. It’s no wonder clogged pores start to appear and then worse become full-blown breakouts.
Take it from Corey L. Hartman, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama. “Many people see an uptick in clogged pores in the summer due to a few factors. The heat can increase the amount of sweat the body produces, which mixes with natural sebum on the body and can clog pores. Oftentimes, people spend more time outdoors in the warmer weather, which means they are exposed to environmental stressors like dirt and pollution. When those mix with sweat and oil, it’s a recipe for clogged pores.”
It’s not all bad news, though, and you’re definitely not powerless in the face of your pores. According to experts like Hartman, there are a number of things you can do (and products you can use) to prevent clogged pores from ever happening in the first place. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know about preventing clogged pores.