Skin Changing with the Season? Aesthetic Treatments Can Help

Seasonal Skin Changes and Weather | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Skin Changing with the Season? Aesthetic Treatments Can Help

Change is in the air, and that is also true includes when it comes to your skin. Spectrum Dermatology offers a range of aesthetic treatments to help soothe and pamper your skin as we transition to cooler weather including intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and chemical peels. What exactly makes our skin act up with each changing season? Understanding underlying causes is the first step in having an aesthetic regimen customized just for you.

Our skin is the biggest organ we have and it’s responsible for protecting us from the stresses of the day. Skin “tells” us what it needs, and when something is wrong it usually tells us in a variety of ways. Bumps, blotches, dryness, and more can all be ways of skin “communicating” that something is wrong or that it needs a little help. Many times patients think they’ve figured out the secret approach with a variety of creams, lotions, and treatments—only to discover the skin is needing something completely different when the seasons change.

Skin interacts with multiple factors on a daily basis, but the most prevalent is the environment. Changing your skin care routine with the seasons can help you achieve and keep beautiful, healthy skin.

Weather and Skin

The weather majorly impacts our skin. If it’s too hot, dry, or windy outside, our skin tells us. Any extreme can be damaging to the skin, but so can sudden changes. Winter months are cold and dry, which tends to remove natural moisture from the skin. Dryness causes an excess of dead skin cells that can cause acne along with red patches. Many agree that colder months are the worst for acne, although this could be due to the weather, creams applied to retain moisture, or a combination of both.

Some people consider summer as having the best months for clear and glowing skin. Humidity softens the skin and returns the moisture seemingly lost in winter months. A lot of people think the sun helps reduce acne and even out the skin tone, although the American Dermatology Association stresses that there is no evidence of this (and that the risk of sun damage and skin cancer is not worth a few weeks of sun-kissed skin). Many dermatologist-prescribed acne creams and medications also do not interact with UV rays well, so it’s especially important to avoid unnecessary UV exposure.

Skin Care in the Seasons

However, not everybody thinks summer is helpful to skin. There are patients whose acne gets worse with warmer weather. This is due to heat and humidity increasing sweat, which leads to more oil clogging the pores. A lot of summertime activities such as swimming in chlorine, as well as some sunscreens, can make the skin act up, especially if you have sensitive skin. Choosing oil-free lotions and creams, including when shopping for medical-grade sunscreen, is a must to avoid acne from topicals.

Excessive heat, which is common here, can also increase the facilitation of fungal and bacterial infections. In fact, dermatological issues made up 12 percent of outpatient appointments during the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these appointments were to address fungal and bacterial infections such as tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). A number of soldiers were also diagnosed with “tropical acne,” which only occurs when patients are in very humid, hot places. This type of acne is very similar to common acne, but so painful that many soldiers couldn’t carry backpacks.

Adjusting to the Autumn

As we begin to use our air conditioning a little less, our skin will thank us. Controlled temperatures, whether by A/C or central heat, can aggravate the skin. As you transition into cooler months, try to do so slowly if you’re in control of the temperature. You might be noticing dryer skin right now, perhaps an influx of breakouts, and as summer tans begin to fade (since even the best sunscreens don’t work at 100%), maybe you’ve noticed sun damage and hyperpigmentation from a summer in the sun.

Aesthetic treatments improve the skin by reducing lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and more. You can reduce signs of rosacea and eczema and even kickstart collagen production for more beautiful skin from the inside out. To schedule your consultation for autumn aesthetic treatments at Spectrum Dermatology, call (480) 948-8400.