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10 Helpful tips to deal with winter acne
By: Admin
Sep 24, 2019
 

10 Helpful tips to deal with winter acne

Winter is the season when people face many challenges physically and mentally. The cold weather and lack of sunlight is the main reason for such problems. One such condition is skin problems especially acne. During winter the skin becomes dry, devoid of oil and moisture. When the weather is cold, there is less moisture in the environment, the cold air sucks out the skin’s moisture and is unable to fight bacteria and infection. This leads to skin problems such as acne.

Causes of winter acne

The main reason for the acne problem in winter is that the pores in the skin get clogged with sebum which is secreted by the sebaceous glands of the skin. Sebum is an oily secretion which helps to keep the skin moist and supple. During winter these secretions get dried up and obstruct the pores leading to infection and inflammation and hence the pimples. They mainly affect the forehead, nose and chin which are rich in these sebaceous glands.

Sunlight is essential for good health especially the skin as it fights off many infections and boosts immunity. In winter the sun exposure to the skin is very low which results in a favorable condition for bacterial and fungal infections.

The sudden shift in the temperature comes as a shock to the delicate skin. It adds to the stress of skin of people who are chronic sufferers of skin problems thus triggering further damage to the skin.

  • Few tips to deal with winter acne
  • During winter, the air is heavily loaded with dust and dirt. So it is important to clean the face properly with a mild nourishing cleanser. Use mild and gentle soap with warm water to wash the face.
  • Regular moisturizing is crucial to keep the skin supple and moist as the cold weather and dry air sucks the natural moisture from the skin.
  • Hydration of skin with a humidifier or hydrating gel, drinking plenty of fluids as the skin and body gets dehydrated due to dryness of the weather and lack of thirst. A vaporizer can be kept in the room to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Proper nourishment to the skin is essential for a healthy skin. So it is important to take healthy foods, fruits and fluids. Applying fruit packs also helps for a glowing face.
  • Mild exfoliation to remove the dirt and clean the clogged up pores. It can be done once in a week as too much scrubbing might lead to further damage to the skin.
  • Breathe in some fresh air often especially in the morning and keep the rooms aerated. Keep the doors and windows open for sometimes to let the fresh air inside.
  • Avoid products with fragrance, makeup containing harsh chemicals as they tend to irritate the skin. Keep the hair clean and avoid oily and greasy hair products as they can trigger the acne.
  • Avoid touching your face frequently as it can come in contact with bacteria and dirt which can lead to acne. Wash your hands frequently as it can transfer the dust and dirt on to the face, especially before applying creams, makeup, etc.
  • Though tempting and pleasant, avoid long, hot showers, too much heating of indoors, over-washing as they all rob the moisture from the face. Instead try to get as much as sunlight as possible. Use a mild sunscreen when going out in sunlight.
  • Avoid emotional stress and make time for relaxation such as exercise, yoga and meditation. The stress and anxiety causes increased production of cortisol and it can lead to hormonal disturbances and then cause acne. The exercise and work out brings out the toxins and cleanse the body and relax the mind.

Homeopathic Medicines for Winter Acne

Psorinum: It is one the best homeopathic remedies for acne. It is useful to treat all kinds of acne. It is indicated for acne due oily skin from overactive sebaceous glands, from chocolates, meats, sweets and fat, itchy winter acne. Intolerably itching acne and pimples in winter.

Kali Bromatum: It is the best homeopathic remedy for acne in the chest, shoulders and face. It is used to treat all kinds of acne marked by itching. Indurated, pustular or simplex, where acne leaves ugly scars and bluish red pimples. It is used to treat acne that begins in the teens and continues into adulthood.

Natrum Mur: It is a homeopathic medicine that is indicated for itchy pimples on cheeks especially in anemic girls.

Sulphur: It is a useful remedy for unhealthy looking and dirty skin with intense itching. Itching worse at night or from warmth. Burning sensation may also be observed. It is also indicated for acne which has been treated with external applications in the past.

Silicea: It is a great remedy for acne in the forehead. Pustular, cystic acne like boils with itching and excessive sweating. It is also useful in treating pimples that are very slow to heal and leave pitting scars.

Berberis Aquifolium: It is one of the most indicated homeopathic medicines for acne that leaves behind scars.

Bovista Lycoperdon: It is useful in treating acne that appears after use of cosmetic products. Painful papules with swelling and itching especially on the cheeks.

Pulsatilla Nigricans: It is indicated for acne in women with menstrual troubles. Acne of young girls at puberty, complaints worse after taking fatty foods.

Hepar sulph: It is indicated for painful pimples which are very sensitive to touch and pimples which appear as cluster in crops on the forehead and has the tendency to form pustules and whiteheads. The discharges are yellowish, thick and smell like old cheese.

Calcarea sulph: it is useful in treating unhealthy skin with yellowish scabs and pimples on the face and near ears and hairline. Cystic acne that do not heal easily and are filled with pus.

Asteria Rubens: it is indicated for acne which occurs at puberty. Acne on the chin and sides of nose.

Some of the best homeopathic skin care product for Acne are Schwabe India’s, Topi Berberis Cream, Antimonium sulphuratum aureum LATT, Facewash Topi Berberis Combo, Hepar Sulphur Globules, Hepar Sulphuris Pentarkan, B&T Akne - Sor Soap, Akne Sor Topi Cardio Combo, etc.

 
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