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You know those summer days where the weather is hot, sticky, and feels like a wet blanket? Yeah. My face loves it. My skin has always been fickle, which has been both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I can easily tell when my skin loves something, on the other hand, I can REALLY tell when my skin hates it (yeah, I’m talking to you, almond butter…).

During a recent trip to Florida, my pores got the ultimate spa day: constant warm, humid temperatures.

My happy train skirted to a FULL stop, (more like derailed) the day after I returned home to Boston.

I wasn’t surprised to see one or two breakouts the next day, but the real shock came when my face was a  complete cystic war zone mid-week! Could it have been the food? No. I react very quickly to food I shouldn’t have eaten. Maybe I forgot to take some vitamins? Nope. If I forgot, I took them as soon as I remembered. Maybe I was just less stressed on my trip? Nah. I’m usually as cool as a cucumber!

The realization didn’t come until I noticed that my otherwise healthy nails were splitting and on the verge of breaking. This didn’t make much sense either since I hadn’t even bothered to do my nails during my trip and they were as strong as ever (even after being exposed to chlorinated pools all week!).

I started researching humid weather x acne and lo and behold:

Other people in the Google world noticed this correlation, too! Of course, there’s plenty of people who’s skin despises the hot, humid temps, but I am not one of them!

Dry air affects that fabulous moisture-rich barrier our skin has in place. When my skin is dry, it becomes very irritated.

Ready to try anything to mimic that glorious Florida weather, I purchased a warm-mist humidifier. I woke up the next morning to a nice, cozy and warm bedroom. The eager beaver that I am, I ran to the nearest mirror and noticed my skin looked much calmer than the night before.

Humidity-1, Acne-0.

For the last week, I have been consistently running the humidifier each night, with the door cracked for fresh air. I have had zero painful, cystic acne breakouts! My nails are back to their strong, talon-like strength and I am no longer waking up with a dry throat.

Despite my skin’s love for all things humid, I still make sure to keep my face clean and moisturized. At night I use our Balancing Cleanser to gently wash away any dirt or impurities. While my skin was still damp I apply two pumps of our Hydrating Face Oil to lock in moisture. These two are my product staples.

Am I sold? Yes! I will continue to use the humidifier as long as we have our AC blasting cool dry air. I may not need it as much in the fall, but once the heat kicks on the Winter, I’ll have my trusty humidifier ready.

So come on Summer, bring on the 85% humidity days. I’m ready!

Join the discussion 14 Comments

  • Aisling says:

    You’re absolutely right, humidity can be a real blessing. Both myself and adult kids started taking camping trips every year to Houston, driving down from the Dallas area in the Fall. We’ve always had problems with acne, despite oily/combo skin. But never fail, at the start of our drive whatever skin problems we have wind up considerably better, sometimes completely healed, by the next day. Since we’re doing hard-core tent camping and not luxuriating in a hotel or spa, our typical typical face cleansing is reduced to a minimum. We’re lucky to not have dirt streaks across noses or chins, so pampering is out of the question! But that high humidity coupled with cool air is the very best thing for us. We’ve all bought extra humidifiers to maintain the conditions here at home and recreate what works best for us.

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Thank you for the comment, Aisling! It’s so awesome to hear that someone else experienced the same results! It’s amazing what humidity can do. I absolutely love those humid rainy days now, where before they just felt sweaty and gross. I hope the humidifiers have been working for you and your family! By the way, your camping trips sound like an absolute blast!

  • Nancy says:

    Hi! You’re totally right! I live in Southern California! I recently went to Cuba and my skin was never better! I have been struggling with moderate acne since age 13! I am 24 now! My skin suddenly, 100% cleared up. Once I returned home, breakouts continued about 3 days later! I’m gonna purchase a humidifier as well

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Hi Nancy. So sorry to hear the breakouts returned! It really is devastating after seeing your skin finally calm down. Definitely give the humidifier a try. I use a warm mist one which works wonders!

  • Casey says:

    This is absolutely true. I currently live in Canada and far away from any body of water. Weather here is cold and dry AF!! What amazes me is whenever I visit a tropical country, my acne clears up. Not only that but my face glows and appears very healthy. Everytime I come back home to Canada, everyone seems to compliment my skin. Now I have my own humidifier and I follow a korean skin care routine which is heavy on moisturization. My skin never felt this good!!

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      So glad this worked for you! We couldn’t agree more about the heavy moisturization. How about we just all move to tropical countries?!

  • Eugene says:

    Yep, here in Sydney, Australia, my cystic acne actually pops out during the hot, humid months in January and February, leaving my skin beautiful and clear for summer beach weather…. Then it spends the rest of the year clogging up again. But hey, humidity heals cystic acne. It’s a thing.

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Crazy, huh? Our skin is such an interesting organ! Wish I knew what it was thinking at all times! ❤️

  • Stephanie says:

    I started to realize that my acne clears up in tropical weather so I googled it and found this post of yours! I went to Bali and Philippines for a couple weeks and I didn’t have a single pimple/cyst. I wasn’t eating as healthy and was drinking more alcohol than I usually do but it still didn’t trigger my acne. I got back home to San Francisco and acne started appearing. Is the humidifier enough to mimic what tropical weather does for your skin? Any other suggestions on products that help give the humidity affect on your acne? I saw someone’s comment who mentioned Korean skincare.

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      So happy to hear I’m not the only one with this experience! For me what’s been working is maintaining humidity, even if it’s just for a few minutes in the bathroom. I also make sure I don’t touch my skin during the day. I exfoliate very gently and only occasionally, using our Brightening Polish and mask once a week using our Kale Mask. I try not to touch my skin other than that. I also make sure to change my pillow cases often and wash my bedding and clothes with a plant-based detergent. Finally, I also found that regardless of the humidity my skin will breakout if I eat a lot of sugar the week prior. I hope this helps! Happy to answer other questions! Feel free to send me an email at info@brownandcoconut 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    Could you share which warm mist humidifier you use? Thank you! 🙂

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Hi Stephanie! At the time, I was using a Warm Mist Humidifier by Vick’s. 🙂

  • Ines says:

    Really useful article, I thought I was imagining things. Do you know at what percentage humidity I should keep it? I have a humidifier but I’m not sure if it’s high enough or because of the weather lately

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Great question! I have read that your indoor humidity level should not exceed 40%. I usually keep my humidifier set on medium. Now I am using the Safety First Humidifier and I keep the dial set to medium. I monitor the indoor humidity level with my thermostat. But I can usually tell if I need to increase the mist if I wake up with a dry throat in the morning. I hope this helps!

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