Transitioning Your Skin for Cooler Winter Months

Ruth Tedaldi

October 20th, 2014

Winter is on the horizon! Most of us have said goodbye to sunny days at the beach and hello to brisk fall days. As we move into the winter season, with it comes festive holiday gatherings, sweet treats and for most of us, and a significant drop in the temperature outside. Just as your attire and day-to-day activities change with the colder months, so will your skin and its needs. Cold, dry air and winds can cause skin to lose moisture and vital natural oils. Similarly, cranked up heaters can also cause your skin to dry out and become tight or itchy.

These drastic temperature changes can trigger the production of dry skin cells, which clog pores and lead to breakouts. If you struggle with acne, you may experience breakouts more frequently in the winter—this is commonly referred to as “seasonal acne.”

With this in mind, I’d like to share tips on how to retain moist and healthy skin amidst the harsh cold winter and care for acne prone skin.

As a first step, be aware of how your skin reacts to winter conditions. Does your acne seem worse? Do you find yourself scratching your acne more, leading to scarring? Does your face wash seem to dry you out more than usual? Do your lips look unnaturally chapped? Don’t ignore these symptoms—your body is trying to tell you something.

To help combat such issues, consider the below tips:

  • First and foremost, consult your dermatologist. Your doctor can help you develop a personalized winter care plan.
  • Lower the temperature of the showers or baths you take. While maybe not ideal in colder months, your skin will thank you.
  • Develop a cold weather regimen with products that are more nourishing and hydrating, such as richer and creamier body lotion or concentrated lip balm.
  • For acne prone skin, choose a moisturizing gel or lotion that is marked noncomedogenic. Noncomedogenic products are less likely to cause pore blockages. Moisturizing is a must, as nearly all acne treatment products dry the skin to some extent.
  • Combat heaters and dry winds by switching to milder soaps and detergents that aren’t as harsh on your skin, especially when laundering your bed linens. Also, avoid itchy fabrics that may irritate your skin.
  • Is your skin peeling, causing you to scratch your skin? It may be time to scale back on topical acne medications. Uncomfortable peeling and flaking as a result of acne fighting creams and ointments can lead to constant itching and unwanted acne scarring.
  • Get your sleep! Beauty sleep isn’t just a myth; it’s extremely important for your overall health and is essential for healthy skin.

Do you have any tips or tricks for transitioning your care skin regimen for cooler months? Any great product recommendations? Sound off on the Community Message Boards!

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