How Weather Changes Affects Our Skin

Summer is here! Weather changes and how it effects our skin!


One of today’s facials inspired me to blog about living in hot and humid conditions like ours here in the Low Country, and how our skin can react to these conditions. I’m talking about blemishes! I have many patients that come to see me with the very same complaint, so I was thinking, let’s talk about it and what we can do to help restore good skin health. Reactions like random blemishes, acne breakout clusters, and heavy or sluggish feeling skin could be the reaction to the obvious rise in temperature and humidity. Anyone who has oily or acne prone skin should know that the humidity is not your friend! When you have hazy, hot, and humid weather conditions to battle, your sebaceous glands produce more oil! Our bodies naturally produce something called sebum; sebum is made up of dead skin cells and lipids or fats. Our oil glands are necessary for skin lubrication, protection from dehydration and the outside environment, however sebum can also be too much of a good thing; especially in our T-Zone; forehead, and the chin area. Sometimes even the most normal of skin types experience mid-day oil build up in those area because that is where we are the most sebaceous.


ZO Medical Skin Care Products


I started the facial off the right way! I made sure that I cleansed the face with a cleanser designed for normal to oily skin. I used ZO Medical Oilacleanse because I knew that it would target excess oil and remove impurities. ZO Medical Oilacleanse is helpful in reducing bacteria and promoting exfoliation as well as keeping pores from clogging. I think the key to this type of skin is making sure that your cleansers have key ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid. These two types of acids are awesome for exfoliating deep into your pores.  After cleansing, I did a steam application of ozone for approximately 7 minutes as well as administering a manual scrub. The ozone feature is great because it has a germicide, sterilizing and anti-inflammatory effect. The exfoliating scrub that I used is by ZO Skin Health called ZO Exfoliating Polish. It contains ultra-fine magnesium crystals as a key ingredient to thoroughly exfoliate the skin, much like a crystal microdermabrasion. ZO Exfoliating Polish loaded with Vitamins A, C and E as well and helps maintain a healthy skin barrier skin function. Magnesium has many benefits for good skin health like helping you in remaining fit, young and energetic. Lack of magnesium in your body makes you feel weak and ages your skin more. Magnesium also helps the body in maintaining normal nerve and muscle function and boosts your body’s immunity power!

Facial Simulator Peel

The next step in treating oily or acneic skin is doing a stimulator peel! The types of peel that I offer in my facials are superficial and mild. There is no downtime, and little to no redness and flaking. This ZO Stimulator Peel is great for tone and texture, cell turnover rate, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and unclogging pores. It’s okay for all skin types and I love to incorporate it into most of my facials. So now that I’ve cleansed, exfoliated and peeled, it’s time to do some recovery work! I like to use Offects Sulfur Masque by ZO for the T-Zone and over that I like to put a ZO Brightening Masque. This masque is loaded with plant roots that provide the hydration and moisture our skin needs. While that wonderful mask does its thing, I like to treat my patients to a light, but therapeutic, massage to the arms and shoulders. HEAVEN!!!  My facials always come to a close with putting back the moisture, vitamins and nutrients into the skin that may have been depleted. Lastly, I end with applying the ZO sunscreen with primer which is always a must have for protection from the sun especially, when using glycolic and salicylic acids!  Sun burning tendencies are at a greater risk when those products are being used.

I have a few extra suggestions to combat this hot and humid weather like using matte makeup and applying a mask twice a week!

There are many different ways we can help our skin with the right products, continued care with facials and lasers for lasting results!

In closing, taking proper care of your skin may seem like a bit much, but it’s what I love to do and I would be happy to help you achieve your best looking you!


Hope to see you soon.

Danielle Cios, LE




A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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