Change of Season may Bring Acne

(HealthCentersOnline) - As fall begins and the temperature starts to drop, many people may also notice a change in their complexions.

Many people develop drier skin during the colder months. Cold temperatures, low humidity, winds and indoor heat can lead to skin that is dry, flaky, scaly, cracked or irritated. People may attempt to relieve their dry skin by applying more moisturizer or washing their face less often. However, this may lead to additional skin problems.

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), alterations in skin care routines and additional moisturizing can lead to an increase in breakouts and redness during the transition into the colder months.

To help people avoid an increase in acne this fall, and keep the skin looking healthy year-round, the ASDS recommends the following tips:

* Follow all directions for prescribed medications. Laser treatments and oral medications that fight bacteria and lighten excessive oil production are a few ways to phase out blemishes. Maintaining an appropriate skin regimen helps them be effective. This includes following directions and schedules prescribed by your doctor. Be patient—it may be six to eight weeks before you see improvements with prescription or over-the-counter remedies.

* Eat a balanced diet. Research shows there is no direct link between eating greasy or sugary foods (including chocolate) and breakouts. However, food allergies may trigger acne for certain people. For these people, avoiding such foods may help to reduce pimples. Healthy lifestyle choices such as a balanced diet, exercise and stress management will really help your skin.

* Relax. The hormone that the body produces in response to stress is a known acne trigger and can cause a flare up. Try to develop techniques to help manage stress and avoid last minute deadlines.

* Choose oil-free cosmetics. When choosing cosmetics it's important to find the right kind for your specific skin type. Look for the words "non-comedogenic" on the label, choosing products that are oil-free and won't clog pores will help prevent future problems. Some concealers even contain benzoyl peroxide, which helps to fight acne while also disguising it.

* Don't fight acne alone. If you have tried to get rid of acne on your own and you're just not getting the job done, get help. A dermasurgeon can help to get you on the road to clearer skin.
Don't scrub. Many people associate acne with a dirty face, so they scrub their face with harsh soaps that sometimes contain irritating detergents that can increase breakouts. Wash your face twice a day using a mild soap and water and pat dry.

* Don't pop pimples. Popping a pimple increases the chance of further infection. Squeezing pimples actually pushes bacteria further into pores, which causes redness and swelling and may cause permanent scarring.

* Don't let scars get you down. Acne scarring can be emotionally devastating. Fortunately, treatment options continue to evolve.

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