/ Skin Health| BY PHYZIQUE

Most people are familiar with the effects of dry weather on the skin. When the humidity is low — usually below 40% — skin becomes dry and susceptible to damage. Our skin is like a sponge, constantly releasing or absorbing moisture depending on the surrounding humidity levels. But high humidity can also be problematic for men and women with certain skin types.

How Humidity Affects Your Skin

The good news is that your skin shouldn’t dry out in humid weather. The bad news, however, is that you may experience other skin problems. High humidity is a prime factor in excessively oily skin. Humidity is essentially moisture vapor in the air. When there’s too much moisture vapor in the air, it saturates your skin, preventing your skin’s natural oils like sebum from evaporating. As a result, skin becomes more oily, which leads to other associated problems like acne blemishes and breakouts.

Use a Cleanser

Because high humidity typically causes oily skin, you should use a cleanser to counter its effects. A high-quality cleanser will remove stubborn oil, dead skin and other debris from your pores, allowing them to “breathe” again. In turn, this keeps your skin soft and supple while discouraging the formation of acne blemishes.

If you’re worried about the effects of high humidity on your skin, try to get into the habit of using a cleanser once a day, preferably in the evening before bedtime.

Cut Back on Makeup

In addition, try using less makeup when the humidity is high. Too much makeup creates a barrier over your pores, restricting their ability to breathe. When combined with high humidity, this encourages the production of oil within your skin.

Monitor and Regular Indoor Humidity Levels

Of course, the most effective solution to promote healthy skin in humid weather is to monitor and regular indoor humidity levels. You can buy a humidity monitoring device for under $10 bucks, which is a small price to pay considering its impact on skin health. If you see the humidity in your home rise above 60%, consider using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are designed specifically to lower indoor humidity levels, typically by extracting moisture from the air.

You won’t be able to control the humidity outdoors — and that’s okay. As long as you keep the humidity inside your home maintained — and follow the other tips listed here — you’ll promote healthy, youthful-looking skin that’s not overly oily.