Your face in the winter

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Acne breakouts seem more frequent and severe in the winter. In fact, studies have shown that acne patients who experience a clear complexion, do so most commonly in the summer and fall. While rates of moderate to sever acne escalated in the winter season. Dermatologists say that one of the main reasons that our skin tends breakout in cold weather may have to do with sebum, a natural oil is secreted by small glands in the skin. The purpose of sebum is to keep your skin properly moist and supple. If too much is produced, this can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Why acne on the face?

Our forehead, nose, and chin contain more of these sebum-producing glands than any other part of our body, making these areas highly prone to acne breakouts. The dryer the environment, the more sebum our skin produces, and the greater our chance of experiencing clogged pores, breakouts, and infection. Unsurprisingly, winter is the driest time of the year. During the winter months, even people who have a clear complexion may develop more blemishes than usual. Hence, for people with acne, winter season is a cause for concern. The cold temperatures combined with low humidity and dry air can cause inflammation, a significant factor for acne formation. 

The effect of cold weather

Exposure to cold weather causes stress on the body, particularly the skin. This means that people who suffer with acne, eczema, or rosacea will experienced increased levels of inflammation. Especially when the body isn’t accustomed to the colder temperatures. Add to this, the stress of the winter holiday season, and the threat of a breakout may be greatest.

What can you do?

  1. Start by asking your dermatologist to recommend an oil-free skin moisturizer. Apply it right after your bathe or shower while the skin is still damp. The right moisturizer can help prevent your skin from overreacting to the stresses of dry winter weather.
  2. When outside on the cold and wind, cover your face with a scarf or some other form of protection. Cold and windy conditions can take the moisture out of your skin and promote inflammation.
  3. Use a mild skin cleanser and avoid exfoliating scrubs. Over-washing and exfoliation can increase the dryness that is caused by winter conditions.
  4. Resist the temptation to clean your skin more frequently during periods of breakouts.
  5. If you are taking medications for your acne, don’t stop.
  6. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you are experiencing emotional stress during the holidays. Stress can also trigger a breakout.

Acne treatment at dermatology specialists of Charlotte

If you are seeking solutions for problems acne breakouts, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.

Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to chemical peels, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They are equipped for treatment of both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a complementary consultation to determine your acne treatment needs.

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