Winter Skincare Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

Winter’s charm brings a hidden challenge for acne-prone skin: battling dryness without triggering breakouts. Make sure you have a good plan for your winter skincare if you are acne prone. Even if your skin feels dry, understanding the difference between dry and dehydrated skin is key—dry skin lacks oil, while dehydrated skin lacks water, making even oily skin feel parched in cold weather. And you cannot use the same products on acne prone skin, unless of course you WANT a whole new crop of breakouts…

Here’s how to keep your acne prone skin happy and clear this winter:

1. Cleanse Gently / Exfoliate Wisely:

  • Opt for a cleanser that goes easy on acne prone skin, without stripping it of natural oils. Our favorites are here and here.
  • FACE: Limit scrubs and peels during cold weather to 1-2x per week max. Just using a fresh washcloth to cleanse your skin (with cleanser!) is usually enough exfoliation for cold weather.
  • Avoid over cleansing! Cleanse your skin no more than 2x per day.
  • BODY: Before showering, gently dry brush body skin with a stiff-bristled brush in upward motions towards the heart. This method exfoliates dead skin cells, enhances product absorption and supports healthy lymph flow without over-stripping your skin. Limit brushing to once a week over acne-prone areas.

2. Deep Hydration:

  • Swap long, hot baths or showers for short, warm soaks. Remember, keep it under 20 minutes to prevent drying out your acne prone skin.
  • Immediately after cleansing, apply a layer of hydrating serum onto damp skin. Serums that contain hyaluronic acid or glycerine are perfect.
  • Follow up with moisturizer that can do double duty and address signs of aging too.

3. Winter Acne Prone Skin Boosters:

  • For acne-prone skin, oils like Jojoba, Kiwi, Meadowfoam, and Elderberry Seed oil are safe bets. Mix a few drops into your moisturizer or pat directly on skin for an extra hydration boost without the breakout risk.
  • An excellent way to protect your acne prone skin in harsh weather is to apply a “finishing” layer of Roccoco Peptide Serum ON TOP of your moisturizer. Not only will it protect your skin from the cold and chill, but it also hydrates and supports clearing acne scars. It feels like velvet too!
  • If you are currently using acne actives like benzoyl peroxide or mandelic acid, we recommend “sandwiching” the actives between a layer of hydration both before and after applying the active.

4. Internal Hydration & Nutrition:

  • Amp up your intake of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and organic eggs.
  • Drink plenty of water or herbal teas to hydrate from the inside out.

5. Environment Matters:

  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to dry indoor air.
  • Protect your skin with a layer of moisturizer or Peptide Serum before braving the cold
  • always wear gloves and scarves to shield exposed skin.
  • Consider turning down the thermostat a little
  • Be careful with tissues! Many are coated with “lotion” that doesn’t play nice with acne.

These winter skincare tips for acne prone skin can go a long way toward keeping your skin healthy and comfortable during cold weather.

Still need help with your skin? Book an appointment at Providence Acne Clinic powered by Viriditas in Providence RI. Stay informed and get more tips like these by signing up for our newsletter and following us on our socials!

Leave a Comment