Acne and rosacea sufferers: skincare routine for winter

Looking after your skin when the weather gets cold


The change in season can often have an effect on your skin, particularly if you are living with a skin condition or sensitive skin. The constant change in temperature from the cold outdoors to centrally heated homes, workplaces and shops can cause the capillaries in your skin to expand, leading to inflamed skin and increased redness which can mean an unwelcome flare-up of symptoms. This is why it is important to make changes to your skincare routine to ensure you are taking care of your skin properly during the harsh winter months.


What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is characterised by flushing and redness in the skin, usually on the cheeks, chin or forehead. It can sometimes appear like small clusters of spots and has a number of possible triggers including alcohol, caffeine, exercise, hot or cold weather and spicy food. The cause of the condition is unknown but it can be managed with suitable treatment.

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What is Acne?

Acne causes the skin to break out into spots, usually on the face but this can also extend onto the back and chest in more severe cases. Hormonal changes are the most common cause of acne and it can affect adults as well as teens. While treatable, the condition is often linked to low self-esteem due to the way it looks.


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Choose a Mild Cleanser

The cold weather leaves your skin much more prone to dryness. During the summer, your skin is more likely to be oiler due to sweat, the warmth causing a buildup of sebum. This can be exacerbated by an excess of products like sunscreen to protect against sun damage. In the winter, your skin is exposed to cold, dry winds instead meaning a gentle approach is necessary when taking care of your skin.

Foaming cleansers can cause further dryness so look for something milder, like a cream-based cleanser which is less harsh on your skin. This might sound counterintuitive for tackling acne but in fact, it will prevent your skin from becoming too dry and producing excess sebum to try and balance it out. Stick to washing your face no more than twice a day, as this can strip your skin of its natural oils and encourage not just dryness, but excess sebum production which encourages breakouts.

Hot water can cause rosacea to flare up, so taking showers that are a comfortable warm temperature is better for your skin and will reduce further dryness.


Moisturising is Key

Once you’ve found a suitable cleanser, pair this with a rich, thicker moisturiser that is a source of natural oils and fatty acids to tackle dry skin and provide optimum repair. For acne sufferers, you want something that is non-comedogenic to prevent clogging up your pores.  Creams that contain ingredients like Aloe Vera and chamomile are great for soothing rosacea-prone skin and helping to reduce redness.

Don’t forget your eyes; the skin under the eyes is delicate and succumbs to the same weather conditions as the rest of your face. Select a good eye cream that is rich enough for the winter, particularly if your rosacea causes dryness and itchy eyes. Dab just enough to add a layer of protection under your eyes, too much can clog up the pores and cause puffiness.


Plan for your Environment

Your skincare routine includes more than just products, it extends to your daily habits and routine too. While blasting the heating might feel nice after being out in the cold, this can actually make dry skin worse. To counteract this, investing in an air humidifier will balance out your environment and help your skin to retain moisture.

Wrapping up warm is essential for staying comfortable in cold temperatures. The skin on your face, however, is constantly exposed to the winds, cold air and rain every time you go outside. Adjusting your scarf so that it covers your nose and mouth can offer an extra layer of protection, coupled with a hat for the forehead.


Keeping up with Treatment

If you have been prescribed any treatments for your skin condition from your doctor then it’s important to keep this up in order to reduce flare-ups and discomfort during the winter. You might want to plan ahead and make sure you’ve got enough of your chosen treatment to last you. Mirvaso gel works well for rosacea and there are several options for treating acne such as Differin or Duac gel. Your doctor will be able to advise on the best one for you.

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