Winter leaves everybody’s skin pretty dry and flaky, and the worst part is pretty much everyone gets affected by this sudden drop in temperature and decrease in moisture in the air. The colder months of the year are pretty harsh on the skin, and dryness suddenly becomes the most concerning skincare issue. While keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized becomes everyone’s top priority, in this process, other skincare issues often go overlooked, and acne is definitely one of them. Acne can also be a cause of concern in winter, and in some cases, this issue can aggravate and become even worse during the colder months of the year. This might be a bit hard to believe considering clogged pores are one of the root causes of acne and that usually happens due to excess sebum production, but it’s also a known fact that winter robs your skin of sebum, so technically acne should never have happened in the first place. But technicality and all these logics don’t work here, the decrease in moisture in the air causes your skin to become dehydrated, and that disrupts your skin’s barrier, leaving it exposed to acne-causing bacteria. And that’s how the acne situation arises. Additionally, given the lack of hydration in your skin, it produces excess sebum to compensate for the lost moisture in winter, which only makes things worse.
Lucky for you, we have got some incredible tips for you that will help to deal with winter acne.
Make some changes to your cleansing habits
The two most important things to keep in mind when building a winter skincare routine is to use a mild cleanser and take a break from physical exfoliators for a while. Additionally, you should avoid washing your face with hot water, if you can’t wash your face in the shower, you can do it on the sink using lukewarm or room temperature water. Also, refrain from overwashing your face, no matter how tempted you feel, as it can make your skin even drier.
Invest in the right moisturizer
Moisturizing is an important skincare step; you cannot afford to skip this step in your skincare routine. One of the only ways to keep your skin hydrated and lock in the moisture in your skin is by using the right kind of moisturizer. Keeping your skin well hydrated will also protect it from external aggressors and prevent cold-triggered inflammation. If you want to reap the maximum benefits of your moisturizer, you should apply it when your face is still slightly damp. Also, if you have acne-prone skin, you should use a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer to deliver moisture to your skin.
Don’t touch your face
Your hands can easily transfer the bacteria, dirt, impurities, and oil to your face, which in turn, clog your pores and cause acne. A lot of us are guilty of constantly touching the face, and that’s one bad habit to have. Additionally, the hand creams that we use to keep the hands moisturized in winter are formulated with heavy oils, and when you touch your face with the same hands, you accidentally end up transferring oil to the skin, and that’s a recipe for disaster for people with acne-prone skin.
Include acne-combating ingredients in your routine
When it comes to building the perfect winter skincare routine, you should be extremely careful about the choice of ingredients as drying skincare ingredients can leave the skin pretty irritated, which makes things worse. Therefore, you need to look for ingredients that are not only hydrating in nature but also prevent and reduce acne such as hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, etc.