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Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:03

Tips to Treating and Preventing Acne During the Winter

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Recommended Regimen: If you do have a breakout use a salicylic acid-based cleanser in the morning and evening (over cleansing will strip your skin of its protective layer and cause additional irritation and dryness). To minimize oil production and impurities use a benzyl peroxide during the day to kill bacteria.

Moisturize: Use a non-clogging oil-based moisturizer during the colder months. Intense indoor heat and cold temperatures can easily cause surface dryness and damage which prevents your skin from holding in water. A great hydrating agent such as hyaluronic acid will help seal in water within the underlying layers.

This simple step will help to restore the moisture back into the epidermis allowing your skin to hold water within while strengthening your skins natural defense system.

Hydration: Not everyone drinks as much fluid as they should, especially during the winter months. Normally dehydrated, dry skin starts from within, so you must drink a sufficient amount of water daily. This keeps your body and skin hydrated from the inside-out avoiding cellular breakdown, pre-mature aging and extreme dryness.

Exfoliation: Whether it is hot or cold, not exfoliating regularly can increase cellular build up and clog pores. Sloughing off dead skin cells two to three times a week will help keep your skin functioning properly minimizing vulnerability to extreme temperature changes.

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