Treating Dry Skin and Acne During Winter

During the winter, people typically experience drier skin due to a number of factors, including cold and windy weather and central heating. The exposure to drastic temperature changes tends to dry out the skin.   In some cases, these factors may trigger the production of dry skin cells, which clog pores and lead to breakouts. People who struggle with acne may experience breakouts more frequently. Sufferers of eczema or rosacea may experience more intense symptoms in dry and cold weather.

Some people with normally clear skin may have problems with acne in the winter. This is referred to as “seasonal acne.”Regardless of the skin type, acne problems are usually exacerbated during the winter. People suffering from the aforementioned skin issues should adjust daily skin care routines during the winter season. Below are several tips on how to retain moist and healthy skin amidst the harsh bitter cold winter winds.

For starters, buying a humidifier will be one huge step towards hydration. Leave it on while you sleep and you will wake up to better skin. Skin gets dryer when the air gets dryer, so keeping adequate moisture in the air helps skin, hair and your throat from being too dry.

Cleaning Your Face/Skin

Keeping your skin clean is very important during the winter season. Why? During the winter, the air is full of loose dust and sand and these particles can get stuck on your face and skin, especially when you’ve applied moisturizer and skin creams. You should clean your skin as early as possible. Soap is not recommended for removing dust and sand as it may further dry up your skin. Instead, you should use an aloe based deep cleaning regimen. Aloe moisturizes and tightens your skin while simultaneously cleaning it.  You can also refer to other natural skin cleaning product such as plain milk, yogurt, and chickpea powder can remove dirt and grease without drying out your skin. 

Moisturizing Your Skin

During the cold, dry winters, moisturizing is an important step in the skin care routine. Chilled and dried out air sucks the moister from your skin causing the outer layer of your skin to dry out and crack. People of all skin types, including oily, combination and acne-prone skin, should use moisturizers on a daily basis. People naturally inclined to dry skin should use creams and thicker moisturizing formulas during the winter. People with oily, combination or acne-prone skin should use lighter formulas, such as moisturizing gels and lotions that moisturize the skin without clogging pores.

Vitamin E based moisturizer can help keep your skin soft, smooth, and younger looking. A good quality night cream will repair your skin as you sleep.  Cod liver oil is another great skin moisturizing agent.  This oil is super rich in DHA and Omegas that nourish the skin, hair and nails. It’s beneficial in a number of other ways as well such as weight management and brain function. Coconut oil is an excellent treatment for dry skin because it is very thick.

Nourishing Your Skin

Nourishing your skin on a regular basis is crucial to keeping your skin glowing and radiant. You can nourish your skin using fruit pack. You can find ready-made fruit-pack or you can make it on your own. The ingredients you need to make fruit-pack are fruits like ripe papayas, strawberries, grapes, ripe mango, etc. Place these fruit along with some plain yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth. Mix well and apply on your face.  Keep it on your face for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with water. For the best results, apply the fruit-pack at least once a week on your face.

Flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of plant-derived, inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil reduces skin sensitivity, roughness, and scaling of the skin. Moreover, it smoothes and increases the hydration of the skin. Eating foods and drinking beverages rich in vitamin C as well as supplements lowers the risk of wrinkles, dryness, and thinning of the skin.  Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day will also keep your skin hydrated and prevent dryness of your skin.

What to Avoid

Some people should avoid using skin care products with fragrance during the winter. They may irritate the skin and exacerbate seasonal skin conditions. Makeup containing certain types of oils and waxes may clog pores and lead to more acne breakouts. During the winter, women should use non-comedogenic beauty products, which contain ingredients that will not clog pores.

During the winter, people should take simple steps to clear and prevent acne breakouts. Long, hot showers should be avoided during the winter, as they will dry the skin. Using exfoliating products every day will most likely irritate the skin. Rubbing the skin vigorously while cleaning may spread the bacteria on the face and increase the incidence of breakouts.


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