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4 Reasons for Acne Breakouts in the Winter and How to Combat Them

>Do you notice that your acne breakouts get worse during the winter? You aren’t alone! Here are four simple steps you can take to combat winter breakouts and how our customized acne treatments can help keep your complexion healthy and clear.

The cold weather can be tough on your skin. The low temperatures and humidity levels result in dry air that draws moisture away from the skin, and harsh winter winds and indoor heat can exacerbate many problems. Skin conditions such as acne or eczema can even flare up during these cold, dry months. 

If you are experiencing an increase in acne breakouts or you are concerned about any other skin issues that seem to get worse during the winter, it’s always a good idea to visit your skin care specialist. Such a professional can: 

  • Analyze your skin type
  • Troubleshoot your current skin care regimen 
  • Give you advice on the skin care products you should be using
  • Provide medication to address specific skin concerns when over-the-counter products aren’t working 

Our Skin Care Specialists Can Keep Your Complexion Healthy and Clear All Year Round 

At our Kelowna skin care centre, our friendly and highly qualified dermatologists offer a range of skin care treatments including chemical peels, IPL photorejuvenation treatments, and microneedling to help keep your skin healthy, glowing, and youthful-looking throughout the year. 

We also offer a range of customized acne treatments and skin care products to help minimize breakouts and keep your complexion clear and healthy. 

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4 Reasons for Acne Breakouts in the Winter and How to Combat Them

As temperatures drop and the cold winds start to blow, you may notice that your skin is reacting to the changing seasons by breaking out more frequently. Here are some of the causes of these winter breakouts and what you can do to combat them: 


1. Changing Weather 

The skin is the one part of your body that is always in direct contact with the atmosphere. This means that it is vulnerable to all kinds of external factors and in the winter, it is subjected to harsh wind, rain, low temperatures, sleet, and snow. The combined effect is that your skin becomes stressed-out and less able to maintain its balance, resulting in more frequent breakouts. 

What you should do: If you experience breakouts after prolonged exposure to the elements, you should consider limiting your time outdoors or giving it some extra TLC to keep it calm and comfortable. 

2. Increased Use of Central Heating 

To combat the cold, many of us turn up the central heating in our homes. This artificial heat means that there is less moisture in the air and staying in this environment over time will dry your skin out. Dry skin will lead to your pores being clogged, preventing sebum from flowing freely, and resulting in more breakouts. 

What you should do: You might want to invest in a humidifier for your home. This will rebalance the moisture levels in the air and give your skin a break from the effects of centrally heated spaces. You could even carry a small thermal water spray on the go to top up your skin’s humidity levels if you are spending time in a heated office, classroom, or other shared space.

3. Skipping Your Skin Care Regimen 

Changes in the amount of daylight, along with hectic holiday schedules, means that you could be feeling exhausted a lot of the time. During the winter, it can be easy to fall into bed without going through your regular evening skin care routine. This will increase the chances of blemishes since you won’t be clearing your pores of dead cells and oils. 

What you should do: Always make time to cleanse and moisturize your skin every night. We have a wide range of cleansers and skin care products that you can browse and shop for online to help keep your skin healthy and taken care of this winter. (Shop Skin Care Products Online >)

4. Wearing Hats and Scarves

Wrapping up warm for winter is one of the main joys of the season, but it can also mean creating a closed environment between your skin and your woolly outerwear. Beanie hats that sit on your forehead and scarves that cover your lower face can trap oil and encourage breakouts. 

What you should do: Wash hats and scarves regularly to remove oils and dirt that could transfer onto your skin. Make sure you remove all of these coverings as soon as you get indoors, to allow your skin to breathe. In addition, choose natural fabrics as much as possible and avoid wearing the same scarf and hat day after day. 

Worried About Winter Acne Breakouts? Contact Us

If you are noticing that your acne breakouts are getting more frequent during this cold season, our dermatologists can help! During a consultation, we can assess your concerns, skin type and condition, to help create a customized acne treatment that will keep your skin clear and healthy all winter long. To book a consultation, contact us at 250-868-9290 or fill out our online form.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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