Summer Skin Care

summer_sunI hope everyone had a happy and healthy 4th of July weekend with family and friends.  The time I spent traveling outside over the weekend made me think about the different skin care needs that the seasonal change to summer brings.

Fluctuations in temperature, humidity, and certainly sun exposure all play a role in the way your skin behaves and reacts from season to season each year.  With those factors in mind, the following are a few tips on how to keep your skin happy and healthy during this wonderful time of year:

Keep Your Face Clean

facewashingObviously, keeping your face clean is an important thing to do year round.  It is especially important to keep practicing face cleansing during the summer.

Since people are outside more, they are guaranteed to be more exposed to dirt and pollen, and are also more likely to sweat and have increased levels of skin oil.  Add to those elements the products we put on our skin, including makeup, sunscreen and insect repellent, and you have even more reasons to clean your skin regularly.

I recommend that everyone wash their face twice a day during the summer, morning and night.  The less oil and other products on your skin overnight especially, the lower the chance of awakening with clogged pores that can lead to infection and skin breakouts.

Exfoliate Regularly

exfoliateDuring the summer, skin cell turnover can be higher.  The more skin cells turn over, the duller skin in various parts of the body can appear to be.

Regular exfoliation can help prevent this dull look.  The practice can also lessen the number of skin cells that clog pores, which leads to breakouts especially in those whose skin is more prone to such an outbreak.

Exfoliating can be as simple as using a salicylic cleanser to the face twice a week. A regularly scheduled facial can also accomplish this such as a Hydrafacial.

Use Higher, Less Oily Skin Care Products

With the warmer and more humid weather, your skin is producing more sweat and oil naturally.  Therefore, if you use thicker, more oil based products that work well other times of year, they may clog your skin pores and trap dead skin cells and dirt more during the summer.

If you have options, choose lighter and more hydrating products.  You can usually determine this also by the feel of the product.  Avoid if they feel too heavy or oily on the skin and don’t absorb rapidly.

Use At Least SPF 30 Sunscreen Daily, and Reapply Regularly

teen_sunscreenYou know that it would not be a summer blog post from me without an admonition about wearing sunscreen.  You know I advocate this every day all year round, but like flossing, I know everyone does not do this.

However, it is critically important in the summer, and not just for when you are going to the beach.  You are exposed to much higher doses of ultraviolet light even just walking outside or riding in a car.


I hope that these easy-to-follow tips will help you enjoy the great summer weather without having to worry about your skin.  As always, if you have any questions about skin care, our product recommendations, or procedures, feel free to call Maine Laser Skin Care at (207) 873-2158.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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