Winter is upon us, and your skin is going to feel its full effects before you know it. Dry, winter air is very hard on skin, and that can be especially true if you suffer from acne.
Cold air holds less humidity than warm air, and that makes winter a far drier season than summer. Frigid winter wind can chap and dry out your skin in no time, and you aren’t safe from that dryness indoors either. Since the air is so arid, it can draw the moisture from your skin really quickly. As we age, the skin produces far less moisture-retaining proteins like collagen or hyaluronic acid. With less of these necessary substances, your skin quickly starts to suffer.
No matter your age, many people struggle with acne. Acne is a condition in which the skin overproduces oil. Oil, or sebum, is necessary on the skin as a moisture barrier (among other purposes), but too much is a bad thing. The sebaceous gland, which is contained within a hair follicle, can become clogged with oil. It doesn’t stop producing oil, however, and develops into a pimple or nodule. Blackheads, whiteheads and the more severe acne nodules are all reactions to oily skin. Acne can be far more than unsightly—it can be painful, cause infection and negatively impact your self-esteem.
Keeping your skin moisturized during the winter can be hard enough without other complications. Unfortunately, acne is a problem that impacts millions of Americans and can make things so much harder in the winter months. When caring for your skin in winter you should have two major focuses: creating a protective barrier from dryness and supplementing your skin’s moisture with some much-needed help. The problem with treating dry skin is that it can trigger acne.
Oily skin is not hydrated skin. Oily skin can become dry just like any other skin type, except treating it requires a special approach. In the winter, many people use a heavier moisturizer to help keep their skin hydrated. For people with oily and acne-prone skin, heavier is dangerous. These moisturizers can contribute to more oil production and cause worse acne breakouts. Striking the balance between hydrating and light can be difficult with over-the-counter moisturizers. You should consult with your dermatologist for what works with you.
Some people with moderately oily skin may not moisturize enough, meaning they’re trading acne for dry, chapped skin. There is a happy medium here. Once you find the right product and regimen for your skin, your acne should not be impacted by the increased need for moisturizers. If your acne lingers, it needs to be treated head on. There are a number of ways to treat acne, and the best approach varies from person-to-person. Whether it’s oral medication, medicated topical ointments or something like laser therapy, getting your acne under control is easiest with a professional’s help.
If you want to get the best of both worlds and treat your acne and moisturize your skin, why not try a facial? Facials are a therapeutic and relaxing way to treat a number of skin issues. A facial can be finely tuned to address acne, and all facials provide an excellent, cleansing hydration. While facials aren’t permanent acne solutions, it’s an even better reason to schedule a few for the winter months. Treat yourself and your skin, you deserve it.
Winter can challenge your skincare routine and acne can make finding the right level of hydration even more difficult. If you’ve got oily, acne prone skin and struggle with dryness in the winter months, reach out to the doctors at Northeast Dermatology Associates now.
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