In case you’re still following your summer skin care routine despite the sub-zero temperature outside, it’s time to make a switch. Your skin needs a different kind of care as the temperature drops to prevent acne breakout.

Skin Therapy, a skin care clinic specializing in acne, believes there is no one-size-fits-all product solution for each person’s acne. You can, however, carry out preventive measures. And it starts with the right skin care.

Embracing Different Skin Care Routines During Winter

An earlier study shows that people with acne-prone skin go through more moderate-to-severe breakouts during cold season than in summer. Researchers explain that sebum, a type of oil from the small glands of the skin, is a major cause of your winter breakouts.

When the season gets drier, the skin produces more sebum, which increases the chances of having clogged pores. Excess oil production is one of the causes of acne. They usually appear on your “T-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin) because these areas have more glands responsible for sebum production.

In winter, dermatologists recommend cleansing your face using products that don’t dry out your skin. Stripping out moisture is the last thing you would want to do with your skin during the cold weather. You should avoid long showers because it can dry out your skin, too.

Before going out, don’t forget to apply sunscreen, too. Why? The sun still produces harmful ultraviolet radiation even if the temperature drops. The UV rays in areas with snow or water are more potent because of the reflective surfaces.

Let the Moisture Stay on Your Skin

One thing you shouldn’t forget, particularly in the winter, is to moisturize your skin. Apply richer moisturizer right after you take a shower to lock in the moisture. If you’re using a light moisturizer during the warmer season, you should adjust it in the winter to give your skin stronger protection against harsh winds and dry indoor air.

You should also use oil-free moisturizers because oily creams and lotions can worsen your acne problems. There are moisturizing shower gels, as well, that make washing less stressful for the skin. As much as possible, however, avoid using exfoliating scrubs because it can make the skin drier.

Don’t Apply Harsh Treatment to Your Acne

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When your acne still shows up, be mindful of the products you’ll use to fight them. Remember to be gentle and avoid harsh products, like benzoyl peroxide, which can aggravate your condition. Instead, use a product that protects the skin barrier while treating acne.

Avoid using alcohol-based toners, as well. You may switch to a product that contains alpha hydroxy acids. Dermatologists explain these acids can even out your skin tone and remove the skin of surface buildup that can prevent pore congestion without spreading bacteria.

If your condition doesn’t improve, you may consult your primary care doctor for stronger treatment. The doctor will identify the primary cause of your acne to find the right solution for your problem. Keep in mind that your acne can flare up for other reasons.

Stress, for example, can worsen your existing acne. Hormonal changes can also increase your sebum production, which can cause breakouts.

Proper skin care is essential to maintain clear, healthy skin. You should understand your skin’s special needs to know how you can better adjust your routine when the weather changes.