The Real Reason Your Skin is Breaking Out

Lisa Patulny

If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with acne-free skin most of the time, it’s probably not too difficult to make a connection between the odd breakout and its potential cause—there could be an ingredient, food sensitivity, or even a hormonal issue to blame. Recognising these factors is half the clear-skin battle, allowing you to avoid known irritants and have a few choice tricks (and treatment options) up your sleeve in advance. But what to do when, for no apparent reason, your complexion suddenly goes spotty and won’t respond to the usual fixes?

According to skin therapist Jocelyn Petroni, the answer lies in understanding the reason behind this type of seemingly random breakout. Apparently, it’s all about the weather. “It essentially changes your skin type into a completely different category meaning you’ll need to treat it differently in response,” she says. We'll let that sink in for a second... “Essentially as it gets warmer, your pores soften, dilate, and secrete more oil; and when it cools down, the reverse happens,” explains Petroni. (So that’s why our go-to treatment products stop working.) Mind. BLOWN.

Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum ($106)

As we head into summer, Petroni recommends warding off warm weather-related breakouts by keeping pores clear, whilst also avoiding products that can be drying. “Anything that strips skin of its natural oils will cause it to naturally produce more sebum to compensate, compounding the problem,” she says. She lists Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum ($106) and Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Lime ($81) as two favourite products.

Opening photo: ImaxTree

Do you get breakouts as the weather warms up? What products do you use to combat the problem? Sound off in the comments below!

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