How To Tackle Cold Winter Acne
10 Tips To Tackle Cold Winter Acne
In the cold winter months, the weather can be frightful, and so can our skin, especially those who have sensitive acne-prone skin.
Not only can Jack Frost be nipping at our nose, but he is also robbing our entire face of its natural moisturizers. The result is an accumulation of dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil trapped under the skin's surface, leading to increased winter breakouts. If that wasn't bad enough, the dry indoor heat zaps all the moisture out of the air and your skin!
So, if you want to find out how to help to tackle and prevent acne this Winter, continue reading our ten tips to tackle cold Winter acne.
Tip 1: Switch Out Your Cleanser
The clarifying cleanser you were using during the warmer months to help remove that mixture of sweat, makeup, humidity, pollution, and oil from your pores will not mix well with dear ole Winter. Hence you want to switch to a cream-based formula as they are typically thicker and intensely moisturizing.
Tip 2: Do Not Over Wash
Many people with acne think their skin is dirtier, and they need to wash their face frequently. This is a big, no, no. First, acne isn't caused by a dirty face, and secondly, by over washing, you are stripping the skin of its healthy oils required for your skin to stay supple. Over-washing can also break down the acid mantel needed to create a healthy protective skin barrier. Without this protection, you guessed right; you will be prone to more winter breakouts.
Tip 3: Use A Hyaluronic Acid Serum
This key ingredient is all about hydration, helping to replenish and retain moisture, leading to hydrated, plump skin. A lack of humidity is what triggers your body's oil glands to produce more oil, but when these are in check, so is your complexion—wondering what type of serum you should be using this Winter? Consider an oil-free gel moisturizer enriched with Hyaluronic Acid that heals and hydrates without clogging overactive pores.
Tip 4: Use A Hydrating Moisturizer
Another acne myth is you shouldn't moisturize oily skin as it will make it worse. Actually, it is quite the opposite. Skin that's not moisturized is more vulnerable to irritation, which causes an increase in breakouts. The key is to look for a moisturizer that will hydrate without clogging the pores, draws moisture to the skin, and traps water in the skin's surface, leaving the skin recharged and supple.
Tip 5: Implement An Overnight Acne Treatment
Tackle those blemishes while you sleep with a potent spot treatment like Posies' overnight face balm. Packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients, this overnight spot treatment can be used directly on active blemishes to reduce redness and swelling. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates, lifting away dead skin to keep your pores clear of debris.
Tip 6: Wear A Sunscreen
Wear sunscreen in the Wintertime? Yes, you read correctly. While wearing sunscreen during the cold might seem contradictory, sun-induced inflammation can be worse during the Winter. Statistics show that snow reflects 80% of the sun's rays while the hot summer sand and water only reflect around 15%.
Tip 7: Limit Hot Steamy Showers
A hot steamy shower most certainly sounds fantastic during the winter months, but it could leave your skin hanging out to dry, literally. The hot water temperature and the evaporation of water off the skin, once out of the shower, causes the skin to become dry and flaky. Combine that with a steamy suds session with harsh soaps, and you're zapping your skin of its natural oils that keep the skin healthy.
Tip 8: Look At The Ingredients In Your Skincare
In general, those with cold winter acne want to avoid products with common ingredients like harsh fragrances, parabens, and mineral oils. Instead, you want to look for skincare products backed by medical science research and produced with safe, natural ingredients packed with nutrients.
Tip 9: Make Sure Your Face Mask Is Clean
In the days of COVID, wearing a facemask is a necessity, and unfortunately, this constant mask-wearing is causing many to experience an increase in acne, aka MASKNE. A dirty mask is like a dirty makeup brush, pressing bacteria and microbes into the skin. Just like underwear, you wear it once and wash it! Also, use a fragrance-free laundry detergent as strong fragrances can irritate the skin.
Tip 10: Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water is a common thing we hear, and when it comes to the health of the skin, it is not any different. Not only can drinking plenty of water help give your skin a boost of moisture. It also helps maintain elasticity and prevent dryness that can lead to excessive oil secretion from the skin, which can cause bacteria to thrive, resulting in winter acne skin.