How to Treat Acne During the Winter

Acne tends to flare up during the summer due to sun exposure, increased sweating as a result of hotter temperatures, and environmental irritants.  That’s why it can be surprising when you experience acne breakouts during the winter.  Resist the temptation to pile on harsh products that can dry the skin excessively, since the winter makes your skin drier than usual.  With the tips below you can fight acne breakouts while taking into account the seasonal considerations of this time of year.

Treat Skin Gently and Avoid Harsh Ingredients

Products that dry out the skin can cause your oil glands to produce too much oil, which is the opposite of what you want.  This is true throughout the year, but especially in the winter, when skin tends to be drier anyway due to a combination of factors including exposure to cold air, low humidity, and indoor heat.  Whether you are selecting a cleanser, exfoliating product, or acne-fighting treatment, make sure it is gentle on your skin.  High concentrations of ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide should be avoided in favor of products that contain lower amounts or a gentler ingredients overall.

Remember to Exfoliate

Exfoliation is an important step in fighting acne as long as you avoid using highly abrasive products that can irritate the skin and don’t scrub the skin roughly.  By removing the dead skin cells that can clog pores, you can help to keep your complexion brighter and clearer.  This is a simple step that can help to promote healthy skin turnaround and can be done 2-3 times per week.

Moisturize to Keep Skin Hydrated

Environmental factors in the winter such as cold air and low humidity combined with the effects of indoor heat can lead to dry skin.  Those with acne may try to avoid using lotions and other moisturizing products, as they fear that pores will become clogged.  However, maintaining the proper level of skin hydration is just as important for those with acne as it is for those without this skin condition.  Avoid using heavy creams that can clog pores and select a lighter moisturizer with ingredients that will not prompt a breakout.  Remember to hydrate from the inside as well, since many people forget to drink the recommended 8-10 glasses of water per day in the absence of hot, thirst-inducing outdoor temperatures.

Choose Makeup that is Suitable for Acne-Prone Skin

Since most people with acne tend to associate the summer with flare-ups, they may forget that it is equally important to select makeup that is suitable for their skin type throughout the year.  Particularly when choosing foundation or other products that are intended to cover marks or blemishes, avoid heavy formulations that can clog pores and lead to more breakouts.  Opt for lighter products that do not contain ingredients that will irritate skin.

While it may be surprising to find that your acne flares up in the winter, taking these simple steps can help you to combat the toll that the season can take on your skin.

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