How to Get Rid of Seasonal Acne? Monsoon Skin Care Guide

by Somya Agrawal

Hello, beauties! Is the rainy season taking a toll on your skin? Worry not. Seasonal change usually requires extra skincare steps, ignoring which can lead to acne or dehydrated, irritated skin. 

This guide will introduce you to some quick skin care tips that are not just easy but are extremely effective for keeping monsoon beauty blues at bay!

Why does monsoon cause acne?

Monsoon can flare up or lead to acne due to several factors:

1) Humidity: Increased humidity during monsoons leads to excess sweating and oil production. This can clog pores, creating an environment conducive to acne.

2) Dirt and Pollution: Rain can cause dirt and pollutants to stick to the skin, which can block pores and lead to acne.

3) Skin Irritation: Wet clothes and dampness can cause skin irritation and exacerbate acne, particularly on the back and chest.

4) Bacterial Growth: The moist environment promotes bacterial growth, including Propionibacterium acnes, which contributes to acne.

5) Dietary Changes: Some people change their diets during monsoons, consuming more fried or oily foods, which can increase the risk of acne.

How to manage acne during monsoon?

Thankfully! A good skincare routine can help manage acne or pimples during monsoon seasons. Here are the top 10 skin care tips you should follow during the monsoon season:

1) Cleanse Regularly: Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin.

2) Exfoliate Weekly: Exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. Wisely choose a mild exfoliant that suits your skin type.

3) Moisturize: Even though the weather is humid, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. Use a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer.

4) Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin from UV rays.

5) Stay Hydrated: To keep your skin hydrated from the inside out,  drink lots of water.

6) Avoid Heavy Makeup: Heavy makeup can clog pores, especially in humid conditions. Opt for light, breathable makeup, or go makeup-free whenever possible.

7) Keep Skin Dry: Avoid staying in wet clothes for long periods. Change into dry clothing as soon as possible to prevent skin irritation and fungal infections.

8) Balanced Diet: Consume a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid excessive oily, fried foods and dairy products as they can trigger acne.

9) Use Antibacterial Products: Incorporate antibacterial products like tea tree oil or salicylic acid cleansers to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay.

10) Regular Facials: Consider getting regular facials or face masks suitable for your skin type to keep your skin refreshed and clean.

Following these tips can help maintain healthy and clear skin during the monsoon season.

Best DIY’s for seasonal acne:

Here are some DIY remedies to help manage and treat acne during the monsoon season:

1) Turmeric and Yogurt Mask:

  • Combine 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of yogurt.
  • Apply the paste on your face, then wait ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and yogurt soothes the skin.

2) Honey and Cinnamon Mask:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with  2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Generously apply the mixture to your face and leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water. Cinnamon helps to relieve inflammation, and honey has antimicrobial qualities.

3) Tea Tree Oil Spot Treatment:

  • Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba oil).
  • Apply the mixture to acne spots using a cotton swab.
  • Apply it overnight, then remove it the next morning. Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help reduce acne.

4) Neem Paste:

  • Grind a handful of neem leaves to make a paste.
  • Let the paste sit on your face for 20 minutes after applying it.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water. Neem has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help combat acne.

5) Aloe Vera Gel:

  • Take an aloe leaf and extract the fresh gel.
  • Directly apply the gel on your face, and leave it for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water. Aloe vera has soothing and antibacterial properties that help reduce acne.

6) Green Tea Toner:

  • Pour some green tea into a cup and allow it to cool.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the cooled green tea to your face as a toner.
  • Let it dry naturally. Green tea contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and acne.

7) Apple Cider Vinegar Toner:

  • Combine equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to your face.
  • After 5 to 10 minutes, remove it with a water rinse. The antimicrobial nature of apple cider vinegar helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin.

8) Oatmeal and Honey Mask:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of honey and a little water to form a paste.
  • After applying the paste to your face, let it dry for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water. Oatmeal soothes the skin, while honey provides antibacterial benefits.

9) Basil (Tulsi) Leaves Paste:

  • Grind a handful of basil leaves to make a paste.
  • Gently apply the paste on your face and neck and leave for ten to fifteen minutes to dry. 
  • Rinse off with clean water. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action of basil leaves eases skin inflammation.

10) Lemon and Honey Mask:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply and leave the mixture on your face for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water. Lemon has antibacterial properties, and honey helps to soothe and moisturize the skin. (Note: Avoid this if you have sensitive skin as lemon can be irritating).

These DIY remedies can help manage acne during the monsoon season. However, it’s always best to do a patch test before trying any new treatment to ensure it doesn’t irritate your skin. Also, never..never..never pop acne as it can worsen the skin condition.


The monsoon season can be harsh on the skin due to increased humidity, which leads to excessive sweating and oil production, clogging pores, and causing acne. The damp environment fosters fungal and bacterial growth, resulting in infections. Additionally, rainwater mixed with pollutants can irritate the skin while fluctuating weather conditions can increase skin sensitivity. Despite the humidity, skin can become dehydrated if not properly cared for. 

Hence, maintaining a consistent skincare routine, keeping the skin clean and dry, and staying hydrated are essential to mitigate these effects during the monsoon season.