Acne is a common skin condition that is caused by many factors, such as hormones, diet, and stress. While acne can occur at any time of year, some people find that it gets worse in the fall and winter months. This happens because of things like a compromised skin barrier and excess sebum production.
If you suffer from acne, you can do a few things to help improve your skin during the fall and winter months. Here are four tips for dealing with acne as the temperatures start to dip.
1. Use a Light, Oil-free Moisturizer to Hydrate Your Skin
During the fall and winter months, it’s important to hydrate your skin to prevent acne. Look for a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which will help your skin retain moisture. A light, oil-free moisturizer can work wonders to keep your skin hydrated without causing breakouts. We proudly carry premium, science-backed products from Obagi and SkinMedica for the New Orleans region.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly
Your skin can suffer during the fall and winter months. The colder weather can dry out your skin, making it more susceptible to breakouts. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate your skin regularly during these months.
Exfoliating your skin helps to remove the dead skin cells that can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. It also helps to stimulate new cell growth, which can help to improve the overall appearance of your skin. Chemical peels are a great way to exfoliate your skin without resorting to harsh scrubbing or abrasive ingredients. Dr. Weiss also recommends dermaplaning and Hydrafacial treatments to remove dead skin and stimulate collagen building.
3. Book a Laser Treatment
Laser treatments are a perfect choice during fall and winter. Laser procedures are best when sun exposure is limited. Laser Genesis stimulates collagen production and reduces the size of large pores. It can also target stubborn acne blemishes to reveal clearer, more radiant skin. The Excel V laser can target pigment irregularity and vascular problems like redness and broken capillaries. Red light therapy can also help reduce redness and inflammation. Blue light therapy can help decrease acne by lowering bacteria content on the skin surface. These treatments pair well with Hydrafacial and chemical peels.
4. Avoid Touching Your Face With Your Hands
The best way to avoid acne during the fall and winter months is to avoid touching your face. This is because the cold weather can dry out your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation and breakouts. You may also transfer heavy hand creams to your face without realizing it. Whenever you need to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly first.
To find out how to keep your skin healthy and beautiful, call us at 504-814-3223. Dr. Sean Weiss is a top ranked facial plastic surgeon in the New Orleans area who can help you achieve your goals.