- Posted on: Jan 4 2022
Winter acne has a variety of causes but most likely to decreased ultraviolet (UV) light exposure which helps keeps facial bacteria in check. When your skin gets dry in the winter from forced heat, wind and low temperatures, your body responds by making more oil (sebum) plus with less natural oils on the face, more environmental toxins and bacteria can get in.
Some approaches are as follows. Decrease exfoliation. Most topical anti acne creams are in fact drying in particular retinoids like Retin-A Diffiren and Tazorac. That combined with the dry air and irritating cleansers with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid is a perfect storm. So maybe decrease use of aggressive cleansers and use gentle cleansers like Cetaphil or Neutrogena gentle cleansers and use lukewarm water instead of hot water to cleanse. Yes it’s ok to moisturize. Simple non comedogenic moisturizers like Oil of Olay or Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer by La-Roche Posay
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