Saturday, 30 November 2013

Winter Acne

Up until last year I had pretty clear skin and the only concern I had was an oily skin type. Then last winter I developed red, sore, blemished skin on my cheeks. It was really itchy and never seemed to go away. Although I had knowledge of skincare, my immediate reaction was to use products designed for oily, blemished skin. This made my skin worse and it took the best part of six months for my skin to calm down again. I still get a lot of blemishes under the skin of my cheeks and some products make my skin flare up.

This past few weeks have been much colder and my skin has started breaking out into itchy blemishes again. These never seem to  come to a head or are burstable (gross, I know), so I decided to do some research into it. 

The reason skin gets prone to breakouts in winter is because it's dried out from the harsh winter, central heating and temperature changes. This causes the oil production to go into overdrive to compensate, producing excess oil which can clog pores and trap bacteria in your skin. 

I usually use products designed for combination to oily skin, as well as a pore cleansing scrub twice a week and a oil balancing mask. I've changed this for aloe based products designed for sensitive skin, which really has helped to soothe and calm my skin. Rather than exfoliating my skin twice a week, I use an scrub once every two weeks and use a buffer with my cleanser when I find my skin is peeling. It's important to keep your skin moisturised during the cold weather, so at night I use a rich cream when I don't mind my face looking greasy and a facial gel to give a lighter moisturisation during the day. I've been trying to find a moisturising mask to use once a week, but so far all the ones I have tried have irritated my skin and give a stinging sensation.

I personally chose using products for sensitive skin in the winter as my skin is slightly sensitive, which seems to be aggravated during winter. There are many cheap brands to choose from, such as Simple (here), who are well known and always have good reviews. One of my friends also swears by Boots Cucumber range (here), particularly the toner, to sooth and rid her acne.

Another product I have fallen in love with this winter is the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base. I originally went to Clinique with the intention of buying the Superprimer, but after chatting to the girl on the counter I went for this. As well as covering redness day to day, it has ingredients which help to soothe sensitivity over time and stop the redness coming back.

Obviously there are other factors such as diet and drinking plenty of water, but I wanted to do a post on skincare as it's something I never considered, although that may have just been my own stupidity!


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