Summer Skincare Secret: Icing Irritated Skin
I recently discovered this skincare secret and I truly wish someone told me YEARS AGO.
As you might know, if you follow me, I've been struggling with acne along my jawline for the last couple of months. While doing some research on the clusters of tiny bumps I've been experiencing, it came to my attention that they might actually be heat bumps.
While acne takes place when dirt and oil clog oil ducts, heat bumps occur when sweat gets trapped in sweat glands.
I haven't seen a dermatologist yet, so I'm still not sure whether they are heat bumps, hormonal acne, or a mixture of both. In my research what I DID find is that using a cold compress is a remedy for both heat bumps AND acne, so I decided to try it. To my happy suprise, it really worked!
It makes sense - icing is a great way to reduce inflammation so the skin can heal itself, and also tighten pores so they are less susceptible to oil, dirt, and sweat.
Now I ice my face whenever I come back from taking my dog for a long walk in the heat of the San Fernando Valley, and my skin is finally clearing up!
Has anyone ever heard of this technique before? I definitely hadn't!