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Wintertime Acne – Why It Happens and How To Prevent It

December 4, 2020

Have you ever noticed that you get more acne breakouts during winter?  You aren’t alone.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) found that acne flare ups increased by 11% during the colder months compared to the summer.

There are several reasons why this might be happening.

The first is an increased production of waxier sebum (oil) which is caused from an increase in androgens during the fall and winter.  Mammals have seasonal hormonal rises and falls to better adapt to changing cold and warm weather.  In the fall, androgens increase – making it easier to gain weight and prepare for winter (‘wintering down.’)  

The fall’s increase of waxy oil gets trapped more easily in the hair follicles and causes more pimples to form. This is why it’s very important to wash at least twice a day, or more, to remove the increase of waxier oil on the skin. 

A second reason is stress.  Believe it or not, seasonal changes are stressful to our bodies. Couple this with the stress of the holidays and this will cause an increase in cortisol which increases oil production as well as slows our healing rate. Get your sleep, keep exercising and of course stay hydrated. 

Next up – ultra violet light.  There has been some evidence that small amounts of ultra-violet light minimizes acne breakouts because UV light kills bacteria. But don’t run out to a tanning booth! Ultra-violet light kills skin cells as well and will cause irreparable damage to the skin.

So what is the solution, aside from moving to Mexico? 

  • Protect your skin while you are outside. Wind and cold temperatures are shocking to your skin so make sure you don’t get too cold. Continuing your use of moisturizer and sunscreen when in the elements will help protect your skin.
  • Wash your face at least twice a day to remove the waxy oil. Use your medications consistently to prevent new pimples from forming
  • Carve out time to relax. If we have said it once, we have said it a million times – stress will make you break out. Any kind of stress that you put on your body will have an effect – no sleep, not enough water, bad diet, hanging out with your in-laws.  Try to maintain a healthy outlook on life this holiday season and reduce stress induced inflammation.

Still have questions? Send them our way. We are here to help!

Email: clearskin@ninjaskincare.com

Text/call: 925.933.8425

 

Have you ever noticed that you get more acne breakouts during winter?  You aren’t alone.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) found that acne flare ups increased by 11% during the colder months compared to the summer.

There are a couple of reasons why this might be happening.

The first is an increased production of sebum, which is the moisturizing oil that your skin glands produce. You have hear us tell you before about sebum – acne prone people produce too much sebum, which in turn traps dead skin cells in your pores and voila – a pimples starts forming. In the winter time, the cold, dry air will have an effect on your skin – dryness. Your body’s natural reaction is to boost up the production of sebum, which will most likely be over produced in your T-Zone – forehead, nose and chin. And before you know it, you will have an unexpected acne breakout.

A second reason is inflammation. The dreaded inflammation.  The stress of the cold weather (or the stress of the holidays!) can shock your body and cause inflammation which will, in turn, lead to breakouts for acne prone people.

Next up – ultra violet light.  There has been some evidence that small amounts of ultra-violet light may help minimize acne breakouts due to its effect on bacteria that lives on the skin. But because ultra-violet light also can damage the skin… it is a double edged sword.  During the winter months, ultra-violet light exposure tends to be at its its lowest amount and therefore, the benefits of exposure are also minimized.

So what is the solution, aside from moving to Mexico?

  • Cover your skin while you are outside. The cold will draw out excess moisture and cause a spike in sebum production.
  • MOISTURIZE!  But not with any over the counter stuff that might lead to other breakouts. Stick with our Multi-Plexion Moisturizer. Put it on in the am after you wash your face and then potentially add more later in the day if you are feeling dry. By adding moisturizer, your skin will not go into overdrive with sebum.
  • Chill out. If we have said it once, we have said it a million times – stress will make you break out. Any kind of stress that you put on your body will have an effect – no sleep, not enough water, bad diet, hanging out with your in-laws.  Try to maintain a healthy outlook on life this holiday season and reduce stress induced inflammation.

Still have questions? Send them our way. We are here to help!

Email: clearskin@ninjaskincare.com

Text/call: 925.933.8425

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