Like clockwork, my skin seems to change along with the color of the leaves each fall; a transition that is hallmarked by unusual acne flare-ups that recall my teenage years. Suspicious that I was far from the only one to experience these seasonal breakouts, I took to the internet to confirm its existence and to determine how to treat it.
"When the season is changing and the weather is warm one day and cold the next, it can wreak havoc on the skin, leaving it confused, unbalanced, and prone to blemishes," confirmed Vasseur Skincare. In fact, seasonal acne is "recognized in official dermatological circles," adds health writer Richard Wolfstein. "If any friend or relative has ever insisted that you're imagining it, they were totally wrong."
Seasonal acne has a lot to do with the clothes you wear during these transitional times throughout the year. When the temperatures hover around 60 degrees, it's almost too hot for jeans and sweaters but too cold for shorts and a T-shirt, meaning your odds of accidentally overdressing, overheating, and irritating your skin are higher. In my experience, embracing my fall wardrobe a bit too soon seems to trigger my breakouts.
If this sounds familiar, Bustle recommends exfoliating regularly to get rid of dead skin and buildup, adding a gentle acne cleanser back into your shower lineup, washing your face more frequently to rinse off any sweat, and taking your pillowcases to the laundromat. As a general rule of thumb, opt for lighter moisturizers and heavier acne cleansers in the summer, when your skin produces more oil and sweat, and the opposite in the winter, when your skin tends to dry out.
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