Winter Skin and Acne
The Acne Resource Center explains that there are three types of skin: oily, normal and dry. If you’re among the 40 million to 60 million Americans with acne and have dry skin, you already know that the winter months are a challenge. While someone would think that dry skin means clear, if not a dry, complexion, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Why Skin Is Dry in Winter
During the winter, there is less moisture in the air and less humidity. Along with indoor heat and cold temperatures, your skin becomes drier and can be more easily irritated. It’s not unusual for the skin to dry and flake around the mouth, shoulders and nose–also areas prone to breakouts. If your skin becomes severely cracked, it’s prime breeding ground for bacteria, which further makes you vulnerable to acne. Because acne forms beneath the surface of the skin, deep in the pores, drying at the skin’s surface does not interfere with the development of pimples.
You can’t stop washing your skin just because soap is too drying. The Acne Resource Center suggests using an oil-free toner that removes makeup and the residues left behind. Also apply hydrating moisturizer, avoiding ingredients that can clog pores, such as shea oil and skin butters. Ingredients that won’t clog pores include avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil and almond oil.
Further complicating your skincare routine are the flakes caused by your dry skin. Another way breakouts occur is when dead skin cells clog pores. Exfoliators are soaps or creams made with mildly abrasive ingredients. Using a gentle scrub only once or twice a week, you can slough of surface dry skin and dry skin cells that accumulate in the hair follicles.
Without a good hydrating routine, you’ll have itchy, irritated skin for months. Look for an oil-free moisturizer. The Beauty Brains, a website founded by cosmetic scientists, explains that while oil-free products contain no oils, the ingredients deliver the same benefits as oils, such as locking moisture in to the skin. Look for products with these ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene, isodecyl laurate, dimethicone and trisiloxane.
Do’s And Don’ts
Use a humidifier, preferably in all of the rooms you spend a lot of time in. Heating systems, especially central systems used in modern housing, fill the home with hot, dry air. Resist taking scorching hot showers. Hot water only dries skin more. Pat your skin dry after washing. Avoid using facial peels, masks and any product contain alcohol. They can strip natural oils from your skin and dry it out even more.
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