One of life’s great frustrations is dealing with breakouts. Whether you have the occasional flare-up or experience this challenge on a regular basis, no one wants to manage this undesirable and sometimes painful issue. In the summer, there are a few extraneous factors that might make you more prone to breakouts. Spending time in lakes and oceans, greater sun exposure, and travel can all prove aggravators—especially if you are already prone to breakouts. And yet, many of us seek out our best skin in summer, to enjoy vacations without worry and love the way we look and feel when taking photos. So, let’s prep your skin for its best summer ever … let’s talk about how you can calm breakouts with a few powerful ingredients.
First up on the list is a true powerhouse. With the ability to reduce inflammation, cell damage, and redness, vitamin A can be a helpmate to avoid and calm breakouts. Its availability in so many forms is a great bonus, too! Vitamin A is abundant in leafy greens, orange and yellow vegetables—like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter and summer squash—tomatoes, cantaloupe, mango, and more. Another way to get some vitamin A is by finding a supplement that includes it. We simply must suggest our SkinCapsule CLEAR+, of course. It features Vitamin A and many of the other ingredients we’ll talk about today!
Indeed, the next ingredient on our list also features in every capsule: zinc. You’ve probably heard of this mineral in the context of preventing illness. Some studies have found that zinc blocked certain viruses from entering cells, which is certainly a major bonus.
But for our purposes, zinc is a game changer to calm breakouts, because it can decrease excess oil production, bacterial infection, and inflammation. In the process, it has a generally balancing effect on the skin.
For an ingredient to calm breakouts that is topical, rather than one you ingest, we turn to salicylic acid. There is a reason dermatologists have been shouting this one from the rooftops for at least two decades now.
Clogged pores are at the heart of breakouts, and salicylic acid works to prevent and remedy them! It breaks down the bond between dead skin cells, and in doing so, helps pores to open and release. Products like those in the Clear Cell line from Image Skincare prioritize salicylic acid in their formulas, for clear skin that stays that way!
Tea Tree Oil
Along with salicylic acid, Clear Cell incorporates tea tree oil. Why? Well, its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties are a huge boost to calm breakouts. A word from the wise (dermatologists) though: applying a tea tree essential oil directly to the skin can be a huge irritant. It’s best to dilute with carrier oils or, better yet, rely only on expertly formulated products containing the ingredient.
You may have noticed that we keep talking about inflammation! That is because, in essence, breakouts are the result of inflammation. Here is how it works: bacteria infects the sebaceous follicle, this causes an immune response, and now you’ve got an inflamed spot.
Anyone who has ever gotten a “dairy breakout” knows that food can have something to do with this. Usually, it’s because eating foods that cause inflammation exacerbates the issue. Of course, the reverse is also true!
If you are really committed to great summer skin, consider changing up your nutrition. Add these anti-inflammatory foods to the grocery list:
- Olive oil
- Green leafy vegetables
- Fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- Fruits, like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Last, but certainly not least, we’ll touch on one other ingredient of our SkinCapsule CLEAR+ formula. Echinacea purpurea is known to reduce bacterial-related inflammation, so it is a hyper-targeted way to calm breakouts.
CLEAR+ includes other breakout-fighting heavyweights as well, but even for the echinacea purpurea alone, we think it should be on your roster.
Give your pantry and skincare cabinet an overhaul with these ingredients in mind, and you’ll be on your way to clear, beautiful skin for summer! We hope it makes every adventure and vacation even more enjoyable.
If you do grab yourself a bottle of SkinCapsule CLEAR+ and see results you love, let us know by writing a review!