With the weather cooling down and the holiday season just around the corner, there are stacks of reasons to love fall. But while you might crave pumpkin spice lattes, chic coats and cuddling by the fire, there’s one seasonal change no one looks forward to: acne.
That’s right – believe it or not, due to dipping temperatures and lower humidity, autumn is the most common time of year for breakouts. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to combat autumn acne and keep your skin flawless all fall long.
- Stay Hydrated
It’s a common misconception that your skin needs less hydration during the cooler months. Less humidity in the air means that your skin is actually drier in winter and autumn than it is during the scorching summer! Unfortunately, dehydration can cause dead skin cells to build up and combine with sebum from your pores to create nasty breakouts. This is one of the biggest causes of fall breakouts.
You can keep your skin’s hydration levels up by drinking plenty of water and adding a water-based hyaluronic acid serum to your skincare routine.
- Consider Swapping Treatments
If your current acne products aren’t doing the trick this season, look at alternatives. But don’t be lazy about this—grabbing the first one off the shelf or going with the biggest brands isn’t the answer. Read up on Proactiv reviews online and ask your dermatologist for suggestions to help you find the best solution to your seasonal skincare regimen.
- Steer Clear of Foaming Cleansers
High-foaming cleansers generally have a high PH balance that can strip the skin of necessary oils and moisture. Not only will this cause dead skin cells to build up, but it will also encourage your body to produce more sebum to compensate, creating the ideal breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Avoid this by selecting a sulphate-free cleanser.
Here’s a little trick to determine whether your cleanser is drying you out: The more lather it creates, the more drying the formula is. Less lather, less drying.
- Use an Alcohol-free Toner
Many women use toners because they love that squeaky clean feel they leave you with. However, this is often due to harsh ingredients such as alcohol drying out the skin and stripping it of vital oils. Instead, opt for an alcohol-free toner. Applying one to the skin before moisturizer will give your skin a much-needed boost of hydration.
- Change Your Pillowcase Frequently
When we sleep, we transfer any dirt, oils and other impurities from our faces to the pillow. That same bacteria can then be transferred back to a freshly cleansed face the following night, creating acne. Combat autumn acne by changing your pillowcase frequently and be sure to use fragrance-free laundry soap when washing them to avoid potential skin irritation.
- Get Your Beauty Sleep
No matter how expensive the products you use or how well you take care of your skin during the day, you won’t achieve optimal skin health if you get less than seven hours of sleep a night. When you’re resting, your body is busily rejuvenating itself by renewing skin cells (also vital to prevent premature aging) and rebalancing your moisture levels. That’s why skipping sleep can also lead to puffy eye bags and dark circles, which are caused by a poor water balance. Give your skin the best chance to beat acne by getting a good night’s sleep.
Fall might be the worst season for breakouts, but by following these six simple tips, you can effectively combat autumn acne and focus on making the most of the holiday season!