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Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out In Winter

Have you noticed your breakouts seem to get worse in the winter?

During the hot summer months, pesky breakouts and congested pores are difficult to avoid. You may think wintertime will give your skin a much needed break from these issues, but excessive dryness has a counterintuitive effect of further irritating the skin and causing more breakouts. The lack of moisture in the environment can weaken your skin’s moisture barrier, leaving it more susceptible to debris, bacteria, and infection. This provides an ideal environment for the development of acne breakouts. Bottom line: when winter comes, a regimen shakeup is due. 

But no need to chuck out all your skincare products just yet. All you might need is a few simple swaps and additions to keep your skin happy and hydrated. Let’s go over some helpful tips for those with acne-prone dry skin dealing with the cooler season. 

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise (seriously)

Yes, we know you probably already knew this… but it’s so important! If your skin tends to feel particularly dry or tight, you may need more than a lightweight moisturizer. When swapping or adding products into your routine, always remember the golden rule: introducing thicker products into your routinegraduallyis key to avoiding breakouts. 

Grahams Natural’s C+ Eczema and Dermatitis Creamcontains clinically tested ingredients which aim to reduce redness and inflammation of the skin. We have created an ‘oil-in-water’ formula, which means it provides a cool, soothing feel to relieve itching and pain. This cream can be applied on the face and body. When used on the body, we recommend using it with the Body and Bath Oil for ultimate hydration. 

Avoid Hot Showers and Toasty Indoor Heating 

When winter rolls around, a nice hot shower can be very tempting, but beware! Taking hot showers and not moisturising can create cracks in the skin, resulting in what looks like paper cuts and eczema. And no, that doesn’t mean you adopt the polar dip method of showering. Simply avoid standing under a scalding shower head for longer than necessary. 

If you MUST have a hot shower, make sure you moisturise straight away. Also, applying the body and bath oil to your skin before you step into the shower will create a barrier between your skin and water, so the latter doesn’t drain the oils from your skin. 

Avoid Harsh Chemicals 

If you have dry acne-prone skin, the last thing you want to reach for is a product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These acne-fighting ingredients are particularly drying on the skin when used in excess. Instead, look for natural ingredients that are more gentle on your skin. 

Wear Sunscreen 

We can’t stress enough - sun protection is important ALL YEAR ROUND! The skin is susceptible to harmful UV rays every day of the year, regardless of rain, hail or shine. If you’re concerned about pore clogging, purchase a non-comedogenic product that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. 

We recommend: Grahams Natural’s SunClear Sunscreen.SunClear Natural SPF 40 Sunscreen (vegan) uses microfine zinc oxide with no chemical UVA / UVB filters. We get asked all the time about the whitening effect of Zinc on the skin, well we are excited to say that SunClear goes on the skin clear! We also have one of the best formulas on the market as do not use water in our formulation, we are preservative free and we only use ingredients that helps to protect you from the suns harsh rays. 

Change Your Pillowcase

Did you know your pillowcase might be causing your breakouts? Acne mechanica is a type of acne that results from material or objects being directly exposed to your face. If your pillowcase isn’t washed or changed regularly, a buildup of dirt and oil accumulates from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow. All of this is transferred back to your skin when you hit the hay. This can cause clogged pores and breakouts. Some ways you can take preventative steps are: 

  • Make sure your face is squeaky clean before you go to bed every night. Our Natural Daily Face Wash is great at getting rid of dirt, grime or makeup. 
  • Use a pillowcase made out of natural fabrics - these materials breathe better and transfer less oil. 
  • Wash your pillowcases every two to three days - this ensures you’re not lying on a pillowcase with several days worth of dirt and oil on the surface. 

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Looking for a skincare routine that you'll be able to stick to and actually works? 🙌 Here's an easy, minimal and effective skincare routine for acne-prone skin: 

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Wash your face with Acne Wash to remove makeup, grime and pollution.

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Follow with Acne Gel and apply to the areas being treated 

Make sure to always moisturise after the Acne Gel! Depending on the severity of your dryness, you can apply a lightweight moisturiser like the Natural Hydrating Night Cream, or something more heavy duty - the C+ Eczema and Dermatitis Cream.