‘Why does skin get worse in winter?’​ – how to answer what will soon be your most frequently asked question!

For some, the Autumnal months are considered some of the most beautiful and scenic of the year, the landscape littered with beautiful orange and red leaves and the chance to wear your favourite snuggly jumpers that have been left in the cupboard all summer. Some even may already be reaching for the central heating thermostat or gathering a heap of logs for the fire – in short, summer’s definitely on its way out.

But the cold weather can affect more than just your outfit…

Some of your clients may be thinking “Why does my skin get worse during winter?” as the drop in temperature will already be starting to take effect. While everyone’s skin is different, there are some common causes that are usually at the root of people’s winter skin troubles, particularly those who suffer from acne.

With central heating switching on, sebaceous glands will respond and oil production will increase. The cooler temperatures mean you’ll be wrapping up against the cold weather to keep warm, but houses nowadays are much more energy efficient than they used to be and are often being hermetically sealed to keep the heat in, but this also means that the air indoors becomes stale much more quickly.

The result is that there is less oxygen available when you spend time indoors, but also less oxygen getting to your skin through thicker clothes when you go outside, providing a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria to colonise your skin. Combining increased oil production with acne bacteria breeding more easily and you have a recipe for exacerbated acne symptoms and acne becoming even harder to treat.

There are millions of sufferers of acne in the UK alone, and with the impending change in temperature exacerbating acne symptoms across the country, many will be redoubling their search for a solution to resolve their skin issues.

Jumper

The solution:

So how do we get the best from our skin this winter without freezing?

Just like using an SPF in summer, in winter we still need to look after our skin – you’ll probably know first hand the damaging effects it can have on your skin. For many, winter is the worse time of year; the constant change from hot and cold temperatures and exposure to dry indoor provided by central heating and double glazing can enhance skin sensitivity, leading to increased oil production and resulting in acne breakouts.

To combat this, we recommend our all-encompassing SA OSK protocol, utilising EnerPeel® SA.

EnerPeel SA

EnerPeel® SA is a medically licensed remodelling agent for active acne. It contains 30% Salicylic Acid, suspended in a patented EnerPeel® carrier solution, which allows us to incorporate the active ingredients from our renowned Tebiskin® OSK within the carrier, protecting them from the blockage-busting Salicylic Acid.

This means we’re able to send a high-strength, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory dose of OSK ingredients to work deep within the skin.

Clinical studies were based at 5 university hospitals on patients whose resistant acne was defined as ‘unresolved’ even after using prescription medication for 12 months. Patients were prescribed 4 EnerPeel® SA treatments, 2 weeks apart, in conjunction with our anti-acne topical protocol.

This achieved an 80% resolution rate for their acne.

For chronic acne, or acne resistant to other treatments, we recommend TripleLock® to reduce the visible endpoints of acne, spots, oil, inflammation and infection. It restores the environment of the skin, opening up blocked hair follicle ducts by reducing skin thickness to normal levels. Finally, TripleLock® rebuilds the lipids lost from the skin caused by sensitivity to hormones, as well as changes in the environment.

Acne TripleLock

Step 1: Cleanse

Tebiskin® OSK-Clean utilises Pyruvic Acid instead of Glycolic Acid, as Pyruvic Acid will penetrate and break down oil, but also has the unique property of slowing down oil production, and also contains the potent and safe antibacterials Triethyl Citrate and Hexamidine, making it the ideal skin preparation to increase absorption of the TripleLock® active creams.

Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is a delicate cleanser with anti-inflammatory properties and specific soothing and softening actions, recommended for cleansing sensitive and irritated skins. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean utilises a natural molecule MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) to provide a soothing and anti-reddening action. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is ideal to cleanse delicate and intolerant skin, including skin affected by rosacea. It is also for cleansing irritated skin following specific medical procedures such as laser treatments or chemical peels.

Step 2: Treat

Tebiskin® OSK-Lotion is for the medical treatment of acne and seborrhea, especially inflammatory acne. It is an alcoholic lotion that restricts surface sebum levels, slowing down oil production and targeting acne bacteria effectively and more quickly than antibiotics. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect (opens the comedones) to reduce skin thickening, and contains the highest level of active ingredients in a trademarked delivery system to ensure rapid absorption into the pilosebaceous duct.

Tebiskin® OSK targets the visible symptoms of acne and reduces excessive oil production rates by over 50% on average and up to 68% in published clinical studies – the spot, the inflammation, the infection and the excess oil production. The key active ingredients are highly and rapidly active in reducing infected inflamed spots, and have a significant antibacterial effect, while slowing sebum production rates by 40%. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect to reduce skin thickening, hydrates and reduces scarring risk.

Tebiskin® Reticap contains a high concentration of pure micro encapsulated retinol. The active ingredients reduce excess skin thickening by slowing down excessive skin cell production and normalising keratin deposition; two key contributing factors causing the closure of the hair follicle duct creating comedones, leading to colonisation by p.acnes under the blockage resulting in inflamed spots.

Tebiskin® Cera-Boost provides the whole range of 9 ceramides which, in combination with Ethyl Linoleate in Tebiskin® OSK, counteracts the hormonally induced loss of lipids and oils that cause increased Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), triggering the skin thickening process that blocks hair follicle ducts, and works in combination with Tebiskin® Reticap to normalise skin behaviour. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids, which are ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. There are nine different types of ceramides in the Stratum Corneum, and they account for 40% to 50% of the lipids in this outermost layer. Replenishing these is critical in controlling skin water loss.

Step 3: Protect

Tebiskin® UV-OSK SPF 30 has a high protection factor and an optimum UVA and UVB protection ratio – even in the winter, wearing an SPF is vitally important to protect your skin – and is used for sun protection while continuing control of acne symptoms. UV-OSK incorporates slightly lower levels of the same key active ingredients, minus Salicylic Acid, found in Tebiskin® OSK Lotion and Tebiskin® OSK Cream, and is to be used for daily spot free maintenance.

In conclusion…

There you have it; not only how to answer what is sure to become one of your frequently asked questions, but also what to do about it.

Don’t delay, phone us today…

To learn more about our acne protocol, or any of our other bespoke treatments, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, or email clinical1@skinmed.co.uk to speak to a member of our dedicated clinical team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

3 Types of Acne

If you are prone to breakouts, you’re not alone. Acne is the single most common skin condition in the United States. The good news is, once you’ve determined the type of acne you have, there are a variety of ways you can treat and prevent it going forward. If you’re looking to clear up your complexion as you head back to school (or work), we’ve got solutions.

Comedonal acne

What is it? Simply put, comedonal acne is all about clogged pores. “This is usually found in people whose skin doesn’t turn over as quickly or as well. They tend to have little bits of oil or waxes under the skin.” This looks like tiny bumps all over the skin, but often concentrated in the T-zone.

How to treat it: The good news is that comedonal acne is fairly easy to treat. Aknicare Cleanser will normalise skin cell turnover and exfoliation, resulting in unclogged pores. If you have a mild form of comedonal acne, you can treat it over the counter by using products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid to exfoliate the top layer of your skin. “Make sure you are compliant with washing your face twice a day and using a cleanser that contain exfoliants once or twice a week.” Make sure not to over exfoliate your skin. Another piece of advice: Take a look at your makeup. If it’s heavy and pore-clogging, you’ll want to re-evaluate.

Inflammatory acne

What is it? When you think of acne, the image that pops up in your head is probably that of inflammatory acne — red bumps, whiteheads, and blackheads. Inflammatory acne tends to be more random, meaning you might wake up with a spot for no reason. “The causes are all over the place. Clogged pores are a part of it, but with inflammatory acne, it’s the body’s inflammatory response to the clogged follicle and the waxes and oils irritating the body.” Inflammatory acne tends to be more common in men due to higher testosterone levels leading to more oil production.

How to treat it: If you’re looking for an over-the-counter treatment plan it is recommended that you should wash your face twice a day and focusing on oil control. Aknicare contains key ingredients that address the visible symptoms while also treating the underlying cause. Using the Core 3 products together, you will unclog pores, normalise oil production, reduce existing spots and stop new spots from forming.
Because  inflammatory acne comes and goes, it’s important to stick to a routine and give it time (two to three months) before you start to see a difference in your skin.

Cystic acne

What is it? Cystic acne is a scarring type of acne with deep inflammation in the skin. It’s the most severe form of acne and something that you want to start treating early on. “There is a whole social impact and an emotional impact of cystic acne.”

How to treat it: Accutane is often recommended for the treatment of cystic acne. “Accutane is an incredible medication that can be life-changing for people with acne. It’s usually five to six months of medication, and it’s a commitment. There are potential risks associated, but there are numerous benefits.” 30 percent of people who undergo an Accutane regimen never get acne again, and for most people the acne will become more manageable and less inflamed. She also points out that there are options out there for those who do not want to go on Accutane, but you should see your dermatologist to determine what combination of topical and oral antibiotics are right for you.

If you would like a free skin consultation at an accredited SkinMed clinic, please contact us on 08701 909 369.