Are you adapting your acne treatments to match the season? Keeping white heads or blackheads from spotting your face with winter acne requires a different approach than warding off acne in summer months.
To provide readers of Bustle with “professional tips on how to treat acne differently in the winter,” beauty columnist, Phoebe Waller, seeks the advice of skin care exports in the article “How To Treat Acne Differently In The Winter, According To Experts.”
Bustle introduces Adriana Martino, skincare expert and co-founder of SKINNEY Medspa, who explains “treating acne can be tricky, especially in the winter months where your skin can be extra dry. The best advice I can give is to keep your skin hydrated.”
Bustle reveals tips for keeping skin hydrated and many other tips for treating winter acne.
Keep Your PH Balance Neutral
It may seem counter-intuitive that dry winter air causes excessive production of sebum (your skin’s natural oil) but according to Adriana Martino, “when your skin is over-dried” by the harsh winter environment “your body starts to rapidly over compensate by overproducing oil, thus clogging your skin even more!”
Bustle tells its readers that the “remedy lies in keeping your PH balance of your skin neutral,” and asks Adriana Martino for her expert advice:
5 steps for keeping your skin’s PH balance neutral in the winter time:
- Start by cleansing your skin, “I personally recomend a foaming wash that will help clean your skin without stripping or over drying it,” says Martino.
- Next up involves toning your skin, “this will help to remove any dirt and residue that the cleanser didn’t get,” she says.
- Exfoliating with salicylic/glycolic wipes should follow. “I recomend our Medspa in a Chemical Peel In A Bottle pads,” Martino says, “these pads have just the right amount of exfoliation but will not over dry your skin. They also kill any bacteria on your skin’s surface to help get rid of the breakouts.”
- “Next use a hydration serum and/or an oil free moisturizer,” Martino recomends, “I love our Water Molecule In A Bottle because it helps to lock in moisture to keep your skin supple yet not oily.”
5. Finally, Martino explains acne sufferers need to spot treat the breakout with any benzoyl peroxide or any salicylic acne treatment. “Clinique has a good one,” she says, “if you are really inflamed I would use a drop of hydrocortisone cream topically or injections with your dermatologist, especially if you have some big night out or holiday party!”
Try Doxycycline for treating winter acne
In cases of chronic winter acne, prescription medications may provide an alternative solution to topical medications. Bustle writes about the popular acne medication Doxycycline, saying “Doxycycline is a great prescription oral antibiotic that helps with acne.”
Fight winter Acne with Laser Acne Treatments
Sunlight can help get rid of acne, says Bustle, but of course skin treatments using sun rays comes as a double edged sword. While a little bit of sunlight may help with a pimple marred complexion, exposure to UV radiation (the light that comes from the sun or tanning beds) is the number one culprit of premature wrinkles, brown spots, and the destruction of collagen. A better way to zap winter acne is using professional laser treatments. Laser skin resurfacing can destroy the bacteria that causes acne, minimize pore size, and can even diminish the appearance of acne scars.
These are only a few tips that Bustle provides it’s readers. To learn about more ways to combat acne in the winter, check out Bustle’s full article here.