Here’s Why You Get More Acne in the Winter — And How to Fix It
Winter acne really does exist, unfortunately, and studies suggest the severity of acne may actually be higher in the winter than the summer months. There are several reasons skin is prone to acne during winter.
Inflammation can be a factor, according to a Time.com article. Cold temperatures and dry air can cause the skin to dry out and become irritated, triggering acne.
Another factor involves sebum production. Sebum is the oil produced by skin glands. Dry conditions prompt your skin to produce more sebum, so dry winter conditions can actually increase sebum. If too much sebum is produced, pores become clogged and acne appears, particularly on the nose, forehead, and chin.
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It is possible reduced exposure to ultraviolet light during the winter months can be partially responsible for winter acne. During the sunny summer months, the higher levels of ultraviolet light reduce bacteria found on the surface of the skin. Increased bacteria on the skin can result in breakouts.
What can you do to minimize winter acne?
- Consult your dermatologist.
There are a number of options for treating acne, including topical medications, acne surgery, medication, and cortisone injections. Dermatologists at Park Avenue Dermatology will customize a solution based on your skin’s needs.
- Skin care products.
An oil-free moisturizer applied to damp skin prevents dryness without adding extra oil. Use a gentle cleanser and avoid exfoliating scrubs during the winter months.
- Cover up.
Windy, frigid air can dry out and chap skin, so avoid exposed skin by covering up with a scarf.
- Remain calm.
The holiday season falls during the winter months, and it can trigger stress in many of us. Yoga and meditation can help remain calm and prevent triggering the body’s inflammation response.
If it seems like you’re suffering from acne more than normal this winter, you’re probably right. Winter acne really is a “thing,” but with planning and care, and an assist from your dermatologist, you can do your best minimize problematic breakouts.