What is Seasonal Acne ?

By thewe
In Skin
May 5, 2020
2 min read

Have you ever noticed that your skin may become acne prone during certain times of the year? No we don’t mean hormonal acne. 

If this is you, why stop now. It’s a two minute read!

A study by the Journal of Dermatology in 2002, found that acne is generally thought to flare up in the winter and improve in the summer.

However, another study in the same year found the exact opposite which is that acne flares up in the summer and improves in the winter.

We bet you’re wondering so which one is it ?

The most common cause of seasonal acne is a shortage of vitamin D (a hormone generated by your skin when exposed to the sun). It can improve acne because this vitamin boosts serotonin which can help combat stress. 

A lot of acne is caused by stress and stress can increase inflammation. Vitamin D can also help reduce acne by providing antioxidants that will help get rid of pimples. These antioxidants also reduce the amount of oil your skin produces and less oil = less acne. 

Unfortunately, a lot of people have a vitamin D deficiency in the winter months because sun exposure is limited. This deficiency could lead to what we call “Winter Acne” 

However, during the summer some people may also suffer from acne because the skin may become sensitive during the warm part of the year due to the intensity of ultraviolet rays (UV rays). 

These UV rays produce free radicals which may affect your complexion especially without proper skincare.

Here’s some good news. “Summer Acne”, May not affect you if you have tough skin. By tough skin, we mean, having higher levels of Vitamin A. 

Vitamin A offers strong protection against sunlight. Some examples of foods rich in Vitamin A are; Beef liver, Cod liver oil, Sweet potato, Carrots and so much more !

Adding these foods to your diet will improve your skin health amongst other bodily processes.

Here are some more examples of foods rich in Vitamin A.

There are also many other ways to manage seasonal acne and these include using products with salicylic acid, retinol and washing your face twice daily.

Hey! So you made it to the end and maybe I lied. It’s probably a three minute read but you’re here anyways and that’s all that matters.😀


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