It’s about that time of the year again. The weather is getting colder, the winds are getting harsher, the humidity is getting lower, and that means our skin is getting drier. Seasonal acne is our midst. So it’s important to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to seasonal breakouts. Here are a few key things you can do to help prevent these breakouts from wreaking havoc on your skin.
AVOID HARSH CLEANSERS
When your skin is dry, the last thing you need is your cleanser stripping the natural oils from your skin. When your skin is stripped of hydration, your body will naturally produce more oil. That excessive amount of oil can get trapped under the dry, dead skin cells and cause a breakout. During the colder months, it's best to avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients like sulfates. If your cleanser is high-foaming, it's a good chance that it will dry out your skin. Instead, opt for a creamy cleanser with not so much lather.
AVOID TONERS WITH ALCOHOL
Applying toner is very important because it balances the pH of your skin. While many people like that "tight" and "clean" feeling they get when using alcohol-based products, alcohol ultimately strips the skin of hydration. An alcohol-free toner is essential for providing moisture to the skin cells.
CHANGE YOUR PILLOWCASE
If your skin is prone to breakouts, changing your pillowcase can go a long way. Bacteria and oil can build upon our pillowcases and we're reintroducing that to our face every night we sleep. It's also important to be mindful of the fabric of your pillowcase. Silk pillowcases are said to be great for acne because they don't absorb oil and dirt unlike cotton, bamboo, hemp, and microfiber fabrics.
USE PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL EXFOLIANTS
Chemical exfoliants, like AHAs and BHAs (alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids), are great for removing dead skin cells and revealing brighter, more rejuvenated skin. AHAs are better for skin brightening, moisturizing, and hyperpigmentation (acne scars). BHAs are better for inflammation, breakouts, and congestion. Physical exfoliants are your basic facial scrubs that buff and polish the skin. While one would benefit most from using both kinds of exfoliants, it's important not to over-exfoliate. Over-exfoliating will ultimately just strip the skin of moisture. Exfoliating two to three times a week is standard. However, if your skin is naturally on the drier, more sensitive side, it's best to exfoliate once per week while alternating your exfoliator.
USE AN OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER
It's natural to assume that if our skin is dry, we want all the oils we can get to alleviate the dryness. However, our skin naturally produces oil to combat dryness so if you mix that with an oily moisturizer, you're in for a breakout. An oil-free moisturizer will give you that healthy balance of water and oil for your skin. It's best to moisturize your skin in the morning and night, immediately after cleansing while your skin is still damp.
USE ACNE PRODUCTS WITH SALICYLIC ACID
Salicylic Acid is a pretty well know, potent, acne-fighting ingredient that doesn't dry out the skin. It's also great for this skin due to its antibacterial and exfoliating properties, especially for blackheads and whiteheads. However, it's important to be mindful not to overuse these products because they can irritate the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin.
DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN
Many people are under the impression that SPF isn't needed during the fall and winter seasons. That couldn't be more untrue. SPF is necessary 365 days of the year. UV rays still exist no matter what season and they can reflect off the snow right onto your skin. Therefore, it's important to make sure you're applying an oil-free SPF to protect your skin from free radicals and UV radiation.
USE NON-COMEDOGENIC MAKEUP
Any product that says non-comedogenic means it's specifically designed not to clog your pores. Therefore, it's ideal for those with problematic skin. While we all want to look and feel our best, it's important to make sure we're not harming our skin in the process by using makeup products that clog our pores. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-comedogenic makeup brands on the market. Also, make sure that you're using a makeup remover before cleansing your skin. This helps ensure that you are getting all your makeup off.
GET SOME QUALITY SLEEP
Many people underestimate how lack of sleep can affect our skin. The less sleep we get, the more difficult it gets for our bodies to get rid of toxins. Also, less sleep is connected to stress and we all know stress can wreak havoc on our skin.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A FACIAL
Deep cleansing facials are amazing for reducing clogged pores and breakouts. Skin peels are also a great option for keeping skin soft and smooth. Doing either one once a month can be greatly beneficial.
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