Baby, it’s cold outside! Tips for managing acne in the winter

Summer sweat is long gone, and tis the season to enjoy cold weather, sweet hot chocolate, and a warm fireplace! During the holiday season, the last thing you want to think about is acne. Most people believe that acne flare-ups are more common during the summer months, but unfortunately this is not true.

From cold temperatures to dryness, there are many factors that influence the formation of acne. Here are a few tips to help manage your break-outs during the holiday season. Please note that these are helpful hints, but you should always consult your dermatologist if you are concerned about a skin-related issue.

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Moisturize

The absence of humidity and cold temperatures have an incredibly negative effect on exposed skin. Especially on acne prone areas, dry winter winds strip away the skin’s natural moisture barrier that blocks out bacteria and dirt, leaving the body to produce excess oils. This shift leads to more blocked pores and the introduction of new bacteria.

Adding a gentle moisturizer to your daily routine can replace your body’s natural protection against environmental elements. Be careful; some moisturizers and cleaning agents contain benzoyl peroxide and other chemicals that can actually cause additional drying with prolonged use.

Apply Sunscreen

Did you know that snow is far more reflective of the sun’s rays than sand and surf? Skin damage can occur quickly while walking in a winter wonderland! Using a gentle sunscreen can reduce inflammation; if you are concerned about pore clogging, purchase a non-comedogenic product that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

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Limit Hot Shower Time

The freezing temperatures can make a hot shower very tempting, but beware! Hot water can strip away moisture from the skin and leave the pores open to bacteria. Choosing short, lukewarm showers will get you clean, and keep the winter from depleting your body’s natural moisture.

Visit Your Dermatologist

As we mentioned above, visiting your dermatologist is crucial if you have concerns about your skin. Acne can be a sign of additional underlying health issues, and cannot always be managed by currently available treatment options. Dermatologists at TDLS are seeking adults with acne to participate in a clinical study to evaluate a new investigational medication. Qualified participants will receive study-related care at no cost and compensation for travel. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with acne, you may be eligible! To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.

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