Every Fall I hear complaints from friends about their skin becoming a confoundedly combination. Dry heat and cold weather creates a layer of parched skin, but not always on the entire face, and breakouts still occur underneath it as the pores produce more oil to try and keep up. While there's no easy solution for this, here are some tips:
- If you wake up with dry skin, resist the urge to slather on a heavy moisturize immediately. Skin is most dry at night, so trying to fix the problem the next morning with a thick cream will cause breakouts. Use something light, like Clean & Clear Oil Free Shine Control Moisturizer.
- Skip products with alcohol, which dry out your skin.
- Look for products with salicylic or alpha hydroxy acids to chemically exfoliate dry skin and prevent pimples (but only once or twice a week). No need to use the highest concentrations though — 15 percent concentration of an AHA or a 2 percent concentration of salicylic acid may be too much.
- Hold onto your SPF! You can still burn in the Winter, and it can still mess with your skin.