Did you know that acne is the number one reason that people see a dermatologist? Acne develops as a result of clogged pores, or when bacteria resides on the skin and triggers redness, inflammation, nodules or cysts. Acne is also commonly associated with oily or greasy skin. So if the cold air brings dry skin, why are you battling acne flare-ups during this winter season? Shouldn’t acne be a “summer thing”?
According to Ellen Marmur, M.D., a Dove dermatologist with a private practice in New York City, acne can actually worsen in the winter. The cold temperatures restrict moisture in the air and leads to dryer-than-normal skin. In addition, when cold is combined with winter, your skin is further stripped of its natural surface lipids. This layer not only works to hold in needed moisture for your skin, but it also serves as a form protection, keeping dirt, bacteria and other environmental toxins from penetrating the skin. Therefore, when that layer is gone during the winter, it is easier for bacteria to invade the skin and foster acne lesions.
What You Can Do To Combat Acne When It’s Cold
It’s bad enough to deal with dry skin in the winter. Adding pimples to your dry complexion can make matters even worse. Don’t worry – a little knowledge goes a long way. By increasing your moisturizing routine, you can encourage those natural surface lipids to stay intact. However, if you continue to struggle with acne flare-ups, make sure you watch what you put on your face. In general, stick to gentle cleanser and stay away from harsh soaps and cleansers. To ensure you are choosing the best products for your face, talk with a dermatologist!
Acne Treatments From a Dermatologist
At Olansky Dermatology, we have a full menu of treatments to address teen and adult acne. Depending on the type of acne and your level of concern, we may recommend one of the following:
- Prescription Facial Cleanser
- Topical acne medication
- Oral medications (including antibiotics, hormone therapy, and isotretinoin)
- Chemical Peel
- Laser Treatment
Are you struggling to love your complexion this winter? Call Olansky Dermatology in Atlanta. We can diagnose your specific type of acne and recommend a personalized treatment plan so that you can retain confident skin through all seasons of the year.