What is winter acne?

Many of us at some point in our lives may experience acne. Dirt, dead skin cells, and oil can clog in the pores leading to blackheads, whiteheads or cysts. Other factors such as diet, hormones, lifestyle, and stress can also cause flare-ups and in some cases the spots can leave behind scars on the skin. 

It’s a skin concern that can vary in severeness and duration. Sometimes, seasonal changes can affect the skin too. Today we’re looking at how the colder season may affect acne.  

What is winter acne? 

The winter months are tough on our skin. Cold temperatures, wind, snow and lack of humidity all contribute to stripping our skin of its moisture.  When our skin becomes drier, the natural response is for the skin to produce more natural oil (sebum) to reduce the loss of moisture. This stops the skin from becoming too dry, but if too much is produced the excess sebum can lead to hair follicles becoming clogged and spots developing.  

Where on the body does it appear? 

Winter acne is more common on the face, but it can occur on other parts of the body. Even if you don’t normally suffer from acne flare-ups there is a chance that you could experience winter acne. 

How does the winter weather affect my skin type? 

The winter weather affects all skin types but those with dry skin will find it the most challenging. Skin can become tight and prone to dryness, redness and irritation, making it uncomfortable to deal with. In the summer when the climate is warmer, all skin types become oilier and those with oily skin may struggle to keep sebum production under control.   

Tips to manage winter acne outbreaks 

  1. Moisturise often, especially after washing

Apply your moisturiser while your skin is still slightly damp, this will help to lock in the moisture and keep skin hydrated. For your face, our Balancing Marine Cream will hydrate and brighten your skin. It contains bergamot oil which is known for its cleansing properties to unblock pores and balance oil production. For your body, our Invigorating Body Lotion will nourish and protect your skin.  

  1. Avoid using very hot water on the skin

In cold weather, if you use water that’s too hot on the face, it can dehydrate the skin even further. Using lukewarm water is gentler on the skin and will avoid any irritation. 

  1. Don’t over-exfoliate

It can be tempting, but over-exfoliating can strip the skin barrier, removing natural moisture and oils. Exfoliating once a week will be enough to support skin cell regeneration and allow your skin to absorb your moisturiser. Our Exfoliating Face Mask offers a host of organic ingredients and Hebridean seaweed powder to naturally buff away excess dirt and pollution. 

  1. Use gentle products

Be careful not to use harsh products in winter, gentle and effective is the way to go. Organic products with simple ingredient lists will ensure we’re not stripping our skin of its natural goodness. Our Active Seaweed Cleansing Lotion is perfect for this time of year; gentle but incredibly healing for skin conditions from eczema to acne. 

  1. Keep hydrated

Your skin is your largest organ and it’s there to serve as a barrier to protect your body, including keeping its water content just right. When the weather is very dry or cold, water evaporates off the surface of the skin much faster, so drinking more water will help to keep your moisture levels topped up.