Cold Weather Can Trigger Acne! Here’s Why & Tips To Keep It Under Control.

by Grace Min

Did you ever notice acne appearing as the weather shifts? As sweater weather approaches and nature starts to slow down, our sebum-producing glands may speed up! Here’s why:

The cold, dry air can trigger increased sebum production to compensate for the lack of moisture in your skin. As oil builds up in your pores and starts to get clogged, pimples will cozy up to the surface. On top of that, the cold air may be harsh on your skin barrier and cause inflammation, a huge no-no for the acne-prone community. This is especially for any of us who have chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema or rosacea. The shock of cold air stresses the body, which in turn, provokes flare ups.

As cold weather months are typically paired with major holiday events, we want to make sure you can look and feel your best. Here are some tips that will tell your acne to chill out in these chilly months. 

Use a gentle cleanser & avoid harsh exfoliators. This will help wash away any debris and excess sebum without stripping too much of your natural sebum away. Your natural sebum will help keep your skin barrier moisturized.

Acne patches. High quality acne patches create a micro environment under the hydrocolloid dressing to keep your skin moisturized while treating & protecting your blemishes (especially out in the cold). Check out our new Avarelle Complete Acne Cover Patch Bundle so you can be ready for any blemishes that come up or gift it for the holidays! 

Oil-free noncomedogenic (doesn’t clog your pores) moisturizer. A good, lightweight moisturizer that doesn’t clog your pores will be ideal to help protect your skin from the harshness of the cold. It’s best to apply while your skin is damp or after you apply your hydrating serum of choice. An effective moisturizer will lock in moisture to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.

 

Bonus Tips:

  • Avoid hot showers & baths. Hot water will dry your skin out like crazy! We want to keep as much moisture in our skin as we can.
  • Drink lots of water. Again, hydration is key to avoiding excess sebum production that trigger blemishes. 
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen throughout the day. If you already have active pimples, the sun will darken your acne or scars. Also, just simply avoiding sun damage is always a plus.

  • Everyone has their unique skin barrier and conditions. Always consult with your dermatologist & esthetician for what is right for you.

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