Winter Weather is Not the Acne Sufferer's Friend

How to Abate Acne During The Harsh Winter Climate

As if winter's snow storms, harsh winds and biting cold wasn't bad enough, it seems that this time of year can cause acne breakouts as well. Why does it happen and how can you avoid it? Here are a few things you need to know if you want to avoid acne during the colder months...

Wrecking Havoc on Your Skin

First, let's take a look at the conditions winter puts our skin through. First, there's the dry air that most of us face during this time of year. Dry air means dry skin, dry skin means dead skin cells and dead skin cells mean clogged pores -- and you know what that means!

And dry air isn't the only problem. Whipping cold winds can definitely cause skin inflammation, which when mixed with clogged pores can become an acne sufferer's worst nightmare.

What to Do About It

If you want to avoid weather-induced acne, one of the first things you need to do is make sure your skin gets the moisture it needs. That means an acne-friendly oil-free moisturizer. Keeping your skin exfoliated and properly moisturized is one of the best ways to avoid clogged pores and winter acne breakouts.

Also protect your face when going out in the cold. If the wind is blowing hard and your skin is turning red, you aren't doing your fight against acne any favors. Use a scarf. It won't just keep you warm, it can help prevent the elements from conjuring up an acne nightmare.

And remember, while it's true we can get acne at any time of the year, certain weather conditions mean taking specific precautions. The above tips should help you handle any acne curve balls that winter weather may try to throw your way.

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