Why do I break out when the seasons change?
Many skincare experts agree that winter is the worst month for acne. When the temperature drops, humidity levels in the air drop. Winter weather brings drying conditions, which strip our skin of its natural moisture. Turning on the thermostat at home doesn’t help the situation either, as it draws more humidity from the air, continuing the vicious cycle of leaving our skin parched. Dry skin accumulates, clogging pores, forcing extra sebum production…and here come the breakouts!
Don’t worry, these breakouts are normal. Remember though, just because your skin is producing more acne than usual, that does not mean that you should treat it more harshly. Applying “zit zapping” creams or drying chemicals will only make the situation worse. The likely case is that your skin is acting up because it needs more moisture, natural cell turnover, and gentle care.
Here are five tips to decrease breakouts during season changes!
1) Use a gentle cleanser
Soaps and cleansers are far more harsh on our skin when it is dry. Check your facial cleanser to make sure it is not moisture stripping. It is best to cleanse with oils that will restore your skin’s balance (even if you think your skin is oily!). Our cleansing oil can be used to take off makeup by applying it with a cotton pad, or it can be massaged directly onto dry skin!
2) Unclog those pores
Dry skin from colder weather can lead to excess dead skin cells clogging your pores. The best remedy? A gentle exfoliator! Our exfoliator can be used as much as you’d like, and we’d recommend using it 4x a week during colder seasons.
3) Hydrate in and out
In colder weather, skin loses its moisture through the surface layer (the epidermis). To prevent loss of hydration, seal in all moisture and create a barrier between your skin and the elements with an oil-based moisturizer. Also, we’d recommend upping your normal amount of water intake by 1-2 glasses per day.
4) Install a humidifier
Sometimes, we need to bring in some extra help. Installing a humidifier in your home can help to improve moisture levels in your daily environment. This is particularly important in your bedroom, so your skin won’t lose too much moisture while you’re sleeping.
5) Apply sunscreen regularly
One huge factor of agitated skin in the winter is forgetting to apply sunscreen. We’re so used to applying sunscreen in summer because of the hot weather and warm sun that we forget the sun is still just as strong (if not stronger) in the fall and winter…even if it’s hiding behind clouds.
Sun damage is one of the top factors of skin damage like age spots, discoloration, fine lines, and “thinning” of the skin. Apply a natural sunscreen daily to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
We hope these tips help you keep acne or any other skin troubles at bay this winter!
-The cocokind team