Acne Skin Care for Winter Weather
Wintertime can be hard on the skin. Cold weather, wind, and dry indoor air can suck moisture from your skin. Add in the use of drying acne-fighting products and medications, and you have a recipe for uncomfortable dryness, itching, flaking, and peeling.
What can you do to help keep your skin hydrated throughout the winter months, while still getting the most from your acne treatment routine?
While it may have been a great choice during the summer months, your cleanser may not be working for you now that the cold weather has set in. If you feel tight and dry after cleansing, you probably require switching to a milder cleanser.
Foaming cleansers, whether they are liquid washes or in bar soap form, are incredibly effective at cleansing away excess oil. This is great during the warm weather when your skin tends to be sweaty and oily, but not so great when your skin is feeling parched or chapped.
If simply changing your cleanser isn’t doing the trick, try cleansing less often. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom, because with acne you may feel compelled to wash your face quite frequently (or body, if you have body breakouts).
Excessive cleansing can dry out the skin, though. During times when your skin is feeling dry, even a twice-daily cleansing can be too much. Try lathering up just once a day, preferably at night so you can remove any makeup, sweat, oil, or grime that may have built upon the face throughout the day.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for preventing sunburn. The regular use of sunscreen protects your skin from signs of premature aging like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and coarse skin texture.
Sure, it seems odd to be slathering on sunscreen when it’s 20 degrees outside. But your skin is as susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays during wintertime as it is during the warmer months. For optimum sun protection, wear sunscreen 365 days a year.
Yes, you require a moisturizer even if you have acne-prone skin. When you’re prone to breakouts, it’s normal to shy away from moisturizing creams and lotions. But to fight tight, dry, flaking and peeling skin, moisturizer is a must.