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Why Acne Gets Worse in the Fall

All summer long your skin is clear, but then something happens when the fall season arrives: acne!

Fall acne is common in many people, but if you know how to prevent it there’s a good chance at keeping it out of your life over the months to come.

There are three main reasons acne has the potential to worsen during the fall season:

• Harsh wind

• Cooler temperatures

• Lower humidity

All of these things can combine to dry out your skin, which increases the risk of acne developing.

Even if your skin is dehydrated, it doesn’t mean it’s not producing oil. And that’s the problem. This oil combines with dried skin cells to clog your pores. Introduce bacteria to the equation — which is almost certainly hiding beneath the skin — and pores are at even more risk of clogging.

So, with all that in mind, you need to take steps to prevent dehydration. That’s the root cause of your fall acne. Do this by:

• Applying moisturizer daily

• Drinking more water

• Keeping your pores clean

Fall can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Don’t let acne ruin it for you. Take the steps necessary to prevent dehydrated skin.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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