Fall can bring about various skin issues due to changes in weather, humidity levels, and other environmental factors. Sometimes just using moisturizing soap and lotion to soothe dry, itchy skin. It can feel like your skin is tight, making it uncomfortable to do almost anything.
Here are some common fall skin issues and tips on how to manage them:
Fall weather tends to be drier, leading to dry skin. To combat this, make sure to moisturize regularly using a rich, hydrating moisturizer. Consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air indoors.
Cooler, drier air can trigger eczema and dermatitis flare-ups. Keep your skin moisturized, use mild, fragrance-free soaps, and avoid hot showers which can further dry out the skin. Consult a dermatologist for appropriate treatments if needed.
Cracked and chapped lips are common in fall due to dry air. Use a lip balm with SPF to keep your lips moisturized and protected from the sun.
Fall can bring new allergens like ragweed and mold spores that can sometimes cause skin irritations or allergic reactions. If you're prone to allergies, consult an allergist and take necessary precautions like keeping windows closed, using air purifiers, and taking antihistamines. Allergies to pollen, mold, or dust mites can affect the skin, causing itching, rashes, or hives. Manage allergies through medication as prescribed by an allergist and keep your living space clean and allergen-free.
Changes in weather and humidity levels can lead to acne flare-ups. Maintain a consistent skincare routine, cleanse your face regularly, and use non-comedogenic products. If acne persists, consult a dermatologist.
Even in fall, the sun's UV rays can be harmful to your skin. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply every 2 hours, especially if you spend time outdoors.
Sun exposure during the summer can cause uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation. Consider using products with ingredients like vitamin C or retinoids to help even out your skin tone. Consult a dermatologist for personalized recommendations.
Dry air and changes in temperature can cause skin to become itchy. Apply moisturizer after showering and use gentle, fragrance-free products. If itching persists, consult a dermatologist.
Cooler temperatures can make the skin more sensitive. Choose clothing made of natural, breathable fabrics like cotton, and avoid irritating fabrics or tight clothing that can aggravate the skin.
If you experience persistent or severe skin issues during fall, it's important to consult a dermatologist for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment. Some recommended methods to combat dry, itchy or irritated skin due to cold weather or environmental elements are:
- Moisturize regularly
- Avoid (really) hot showers and baths
- Use gentle cleansers
- Hydrate from within - yep, drink water!
- Humidify your environment
- Oatmeal baths
- Topical anti-itch creams - consult your physician first
- Cool compress
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Avoid irritants - harsh detergents, fragrances, or other potential irritants in soaps or lotions.
One great website that can tell you more about each product before us is Skin Safe. Thankfully none of the Lucky Chameleon products contain the top 10 skin irritants according to Mayo Clinic. You can learn about top irritants, download the app for your phone, or research each of your personal products.
I hope you find this information helpful - take care of your skin!