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Summer 2018 Skin Care Routine

 

The dog days of summer are finally here and I wanted to share exactly what I’ve been using to continue keeping Pityrosporum folliculitis at bay during these hot and sweaty months.

And, for those of you who are cost-conscious, don’t fret! I tend to keep things pretty conservative when it comes to my skin and my wallet.

So, here is my Summer 2018 Skin Care Routine:

 

Skin Care Routine (Mornings)

 

In the mornings, depending on personal preference and how my skin looks, I either:

My final rinse is always with cool water.  Then, I pat my skin dry with a clean towel.

And, viola!  That’s it!  I like to go au-natural as much as I can so I skip the makeup during most summer days.

 

 

Skin Care Routine (Evenings)

In the evenings, again, depending on personal preference and how my skin looks, I either:

My final rinse is always with cool water.  Then, I pat my skin dry with a clean towel.

I rinse my face a few more times with cool water and pat my skin dry with a clean towel.

For my evening moisturizer, I either use:

 

 

Skin Care Routine (Evenings) – After Wearing Makeup

  • I used to slather either Cerave or any old moisturizer I had lying around to remove my makeup, but nowadays Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel works not only as a great cleanser, but also an excellent makeup remover.  My skin never feels stripped or dry afterwards and it does a pretty good job at removing makeup, including mascara!
  • After rinsing, often times I follow up with an exfoliant like Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Scrub.

I rinse my face a few times with cool water and pat my skin dry with a clean towel.

For my moisturizer, I either use:

 

 

If you’ve read how to prepare for summer if you have Pityrosporum folliculitis then you can understand how apprehensive I was about introducing a sunscreen AND an oil into my regimen!  Just thinking about it makes me really nervous.  But, it’s been a few months and so far, so good.  In fact, I haven’t had any bouts of PF in almost a year!  I do, occasionally, get blemishes and pimples, but no more than one or two at a time.  Still, diligence during these months makes for a worthwhile payoff year round.

 

So, that’s it!  These five products last all summer long and maybe even into the Fall if I’m not too heavy-handed!

 

 

Pityrosporum Folliculitis Summer Skin Care Routine

Oh, hi there big, beautiful dark circles of mine – July 2018.

 

 

*If you’re interested in trying a similar routine and are currently experiencing a bout of PF, skip the argan oil and the Yes to Carrots Moisturizer SP15.  Instead, opt for something much lighter and safer like Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion.  This and several of my all-time favorite Pityrosporum folliculitis products can be read about right here!

 

 

 

What’s your routine?  Share below how you keep your skin bump-free during the summer months!

 

How To Prepare for Summer If You Have Pityrosporum Folliculitis

 

Summer is here and if you haven’t already, it’s time to get out those khaki shorts, sunglasses, open-toe sandals, and whatever else summer designates!  This, by far, is my favorite season of the year until about late July – around the time I start complaining about the humidity.  As much as I hate being cold, when you feel sticky after being outdoors for only a few minutes, that’s when I begin rethinking my outdoor life.  I mean, seriously, I rethink it.  I plan everything around how much time I’ll be spending out in the sun.  From the clothing I wear to how much makeup I apply, I think about everything.

 

So, why am I sharing this with you? To simply prepare you for Summer if you have or have had Pityrosporum folliculitis.

 

One of the risk factors for Pityrosporum folliculitis is excessive sweating and heat.  Meaning this condition could peak or flare up as the weather gets warmer.  In fact, this video I posted had nearly 68,000 views in August 2016 alone, the most views out of any other month of the year (typically this number is between 30-40,000 views).  Coincidence?  Maybe.  Or, perhaps as it warms up and people sweat more, it increases the chance of a flare up (whether on the forehead or somewhere else on your skin).

 

But by no means does that mean you should refrain from enjoying outdoor activities.  Please don’t let that deter you.  After all, it’s summer!  It just means if you’ve had or currently have Pityrosporum folliculitis, you’ll need to take some precaution and plan ahead much like I do.

 

Here are some ways I keep Pityrosporum folliculitis at bay during the warmer months:

 

  • Consider taking a lukewarm or cool shower more than once a day if you’re prone to sweating.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight.
  • Don’t wear heavy or greasy lotions and sunscreens.
  • Keep makeup to a minimum if you wear any.
  • Consider wearing a powder foundation instead of a liquid foundation.
  • Keep your hair and scalp free of greasy/oily products and thick pomades.
  • Keep hair off and away from your face.
  • Lower the windows or turn on the air conditioner in the car several minutes before getting in.
  • Consider parking in a shaded area or parking garage if you park outdoors.
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing. Don’t wear anything that clings to the skin.
  • Refrain from wearing baseball caps, headwraps or sweatbands that can trap sweat and moisture against the skin.
  • Keep the temperature inside your home within a reasonable range.

 

Some of these tips can be applied year-round and not necessarily only during the warm weather months.

 

Personal side note: Around the time when I first began experiencing this condition I didn’t have a fully-functioning air conditioner in my apartment for at least two consecutive summers.  I did have a very old window unit in my bedroom, but unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as powerful as it sounded. Needless to say, on most Summer days, my 600 sq./ft. apartment always felt like a furnace!  The crazy thing is, it didn’t bother me too much (I used inexpensive window fans and, again, I enjoy being warm), but I had no idea my toasty apartment was actually making matters worse for my skin.

 

If you’re looking for other ways to stay cooler this summer, you have several options:

 

  • Portable units are perfect if you live in an apartment without A/C or one that isn’t functioning properly.  They can also be used in homes where certain rooms don’t seem to get cool enough.
  • Air conditioning window units and powerful tower fans are other options to consider to keep the temperature in your home within a reasonable and normal range.

 

Unfortunately, the season most people love sometimes causes the most misery for your skin.  But don’t let that stop you!  With some thoughtful modifications and a few simple precautions, flare ups that are common during these warmer months can, at worst, be minimized or, at best, all together eliminated.

 

 

Do you love summer? How do you stay cool and dry?