How To Autumn Proof Your Skin

Advanced Dermatology, PC Blog How To Autumn Proof Your Skin

It’s that time of year again; the leaves are changing, and so is your skin. Fall has a way of making us all feel transformative!

For some of us, that change can mean some distressing things for our skin. While the lack of humidity can feel nice, it can also cause rashes and dryness that are hard to shake! Fortunately, we’ve got some tips that will help autumn-proof your skin and let you get back to enjoying your pumpkin spice lattes!

The Dry Skin Menace

When the moisture in the air falls, the amount of water in our bodies also drops! Add to that the fact that as the atmosphere cools, we’re more likely to turn on our heaters, which can turn your skin into a flaky nightmare. The critical way to avoid this is to switch up your moisturizers for both body and face. Look for a body moisturizer that contains moisture-attracting humectants, and opt for an oil-based facial moisturizer that will keep your skin from getting dry and cracked.

Make sure you’re combating dryness from the inside, too! Getting enough hydration will help aid your skin in retaining moisture. You can also add a humidifier to your bedroom or office if your skin is extra dry – adding some humidity back into the air will help prevent dryness.

Set a Date to Exfoliate

After a summer of sun and wind exposure, your skin is going to need some attention. If it looks dull, or if you spot patches of hyperpigmentation, it’s time to exfoliate. You can use an at-home exfoliating scrub, but if you’re looking to treat yourself, schedule a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure with your dermatologist. Professional exfoliation will get your skin glowing and create a base for your cold-weather moisturizer.

Make Some Adjustments for Acne-Prone Skin

With cooler weather just around the corner, keep in mind that even acne-prone skin can be left feeling tight and flaky when the lower humidity is combined with astringent acne treatments. You’ll want to switch your moisturizer to something thicker and creamier, too, but look for something oil-free and non-comedogenic.

Watch Out For Fall Allergies

Allergic to pollen? The changing seasons can trigger an allergic reaction in your skin. Pollen from plants like ragweed and mold may be more prevalent during the fall months, which can cause redness, itching, and other symptoms. Keep your windows closed to keep pollen out of your house, and make sure you wash your hands every time you come in from the outdoors. It’s also a good idea to keep an air purifier with a HEPA filter in your home to keep fall allergens at bay.

Ready to fall-proof your skin but don’t know where to start? We can help! If you’re struggling with the transition from summer to fall skincare, a visit with us will give you insight into your individualized skincare needs. If you have questions, get in touch today!


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