Fall is upon us, and with the new, cold weather our skin’s needs change. Transitioning from your summer skincare routine to something a little different for the fall is easy with a few simple adjustments.
As summer ends and the heat and humidity gives way to cool and dry air, your skin might need some assistance. As air cools, it loses its ability to retain moisture, so as temperatures fall in the autumn, you’re going to be losing moisture as well. Lock in your skin’s moisture with a good moisturizer that works with your skin type. Heavy ointments may be too much for oily, acne-prone skin, but you can track down something a bit thicker that won’t overwhelm.Try to use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it. It is recommended that you wear at least SPF 30, even on cloudy autumn days. Sun damage is a real threat to your skin and it can contribute to dryness no matter what time of year. A facial is also an excellent way to get your skin feeling softer. A facial can moisturize your skin and provide it with useful protection against fall and winter chill.
Even before you need to heat your house, the air inside is drying up. Once that furnace is turned on, your skin is going to be losing even more moisture. Invest in a good humidifier for your home. Having a humidifier in your room while you sleep is a good way to get hours of moisture. There are even portable humidifiers you can take with you to the office, so you can keep your skin from drying out all day.
There are some conditions that cause dry skin as a primary symptom that worsen in the drier months of the year.
Psoriasis is a condition that isn’t fully understood, but probably relates to an inappropriate immune response attacking the skin. Psoriasis is an irritating condition which can be itchy and create plaques, which are often silvery-white and flaky patches of skin. In the fall, most people’s psoriasis flares up and worsens. Treating psoriasis with medication or topical drugs in addition to upping your moisturizing is crucial.
The same advice is true for eczema, or dermatitis. Eczema is characterized by chronic dryness, irritation and redness. It can crop up anywhere on your skin, so topical treatments are usually best. Treating eczema can be challenging, but with the help of a dermatologist it’s much simpler. Your eczema conditions are also going to call for a lot of moisturizer, but odds are it’ll be a moisturizer for sensitive skin. Avoid scented lotions, and products that aren’t naturally colored. If you take care of your eczema and your skin all year, no season can be too hard on your skin.
The fall is a beautiful time in the northeast, but that cool, dry air can wreak havoc on your skin. If you need some help keeping skin moisturized in the fall, reach out to the people you can trust at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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