Does your skin breakout more in the winter? Here’s why and how you can prevent those blemishes.
Have you ever wondered why in the colder, winter months you experience more break-outs than any other time of year? You’re not alone, in fact a study among acne patients revealed that 11% of the study participants experienced an increase of moderate to severe acne symptoms in winter compared to summer. We’ve got the answers as to why your skin is behaving differently in colder months and how you can treat your skin to look healthier and spot-free.
What is troubling my skin in the winter?
Your skin is made up of small glands that secrete a type of oil called sebum. Although the purpose of sebum is to keep your skin moist and healthy, too much can cause your skin cells to stick together leading to blocked pores and blemishes. These small glands that produce sebum are found more prominently on your T-zone, which refers to your forehead, nose and chin. This is the reason why this area of your skin is more prone to spots and may appear and feel more oily than the rest of your face. However in the winter, the conditions are often dry and dry conditions cause more sebum to be produced, leading to more breakouts than normal. Even if you have particularly clear skin during the warmer months, you may experience more blemishes in the winter purely due to the colder weather.
Particularly if you are a sufferer of acne, cold temperatures tend to worsen the appearance of your skin as the cold can cause inflammation. Because of this, you may notice an increase in breakouts and appear more red and inflamed in the winter months.
Studies into why the colder weather can induce more breakouts, have found that the sudden change in weather and exposure to the cold can cause stress on the body and influence your hormones. At the beginning of the winter season, your body isn’t acclimatised to the colder temperatures and dryness. Your body and skin can take time to adapt and it is in this transition period that it may feel and look more inflamed than at other times of the year. Windy conditions can prove particularly tricky, drawing moisture out of your skin, leaving it feeling dry and prone to inflammation. Something as simple as covering up your face with a scarf when you’re in the cold can help to prevent these harsher conditions from having an impact on your skin.
Further studies have also found that UV light affects the body’s production of bacteria on the skin, as well as the types of immune cells it produces. UV light from the sun is one of our main sources of vitamin D; which plays a vital role in skin protection and rejuvenation, as it contributes to skin cell growth and repair. During the winter months, UV light exposure is typically lower; which may lead to a vitamin D deficiency. As a result, this can cause changes in your skin’s bacterial production and your immune system; which can influence more breakouts. If you’re unable to get your dose of vitamin D by taking a sunny winter vacation, there are alternative methods to obtaining your recommended daily amount. Vita-You’s 100% natural products contain the essential vitamins D, A and E for dermatological nutrition and their natural anti-oxidant properties. Vitamin D can also be obtained through diet; oily fish, red meats, egg yolk, cheese and orange juice all contain significant amounts of vitamin D and there are also supplements available from health shops and pharmacies.
How do I prevent my skin from breaking out and what should I treat it with?
If you’re a sufferer of acne or you are having more breakouts than normal due to the colder weather, you may feel inclined to try a new skin product or moisturiser. However, changing your skin routine can sometimes make your symptoms worse, in particular harsh exfoliators and scrubs; which will exacerbate the dryness of your skin.
A lot of supermarket -acne-fighting’ products contain harsh chemicals and acids; which claim to kill the bacteria on your skin or remove the excess sebum from your pores; but these products can disrupt your natural balance of oils and skin cells. Some people may also experience bad reactions to their chemical ingredients; leading to irritation, more blemishes and further inflammation.
We recommend using products that utilise natural anti-bacterial ingredients to help to fight bacteria; whilst treating the breakouts and inflammation by calming the skin with their natural and chemical-free ingredients. Vita-You’s ACNEcycle ARREST and Defend serums contain the medically-proven anti-bacterial ingredient, tea tree oil, and nourishing vitamins D, A and E to help reduce redness and produce rapid healing. They have been specially formulated to treat long-term moderate-severe acne sufferers, as well as sudden breakouts. Our ACNEcycle ARREST works quickly to treat acne sores and blemishes, meanwhile our ACNEcycle Defend helps to prevent future outbreaks. Both can be used together as part of your skincare routine to maintain a healthy and clear complexion all year round.
Here’s just one of the many comments we’ve had from a customer using ACNEcycle:
“ACNEcycle has made a huge difference to my skin. Within a few weeks I’d already noticed a reduction in my breakouts and I continue to use it daily to help manage my acne”
To find out more or to shop our ACNEcycle range, click here.