You’ll want to regularly use a moisturizer cream. Keep skin and body well hydrated and keep exposed skin of the face covered when outdoors. “What happens with dry skin in acne is there are little microscopic cracks in the surface of the skin, which let bacteria through the skin; with that, they may experience increasing levels of breakouts, blemishes, increasing amount of scar development, and when the skin is dry the scar developments start to be worst,” says Dr. Chasin.
For acne and rosacea sufferers, there are a host of lasers that can effectively winterize your skin, including the Smoothbeam and Vbeam lasers. Certain types of these therapies should be initiated early in winter to prevent worsening of acne and rosacea. “What we find is if we treat the skin with lasers and decrease the number of blood vessels on the surface of the skin, if we use lasers to treat these abnormal blood vessels that have developed on the surface of the skin patients experience less flushing, less redness,” reports Dr. Chasin.
Avoiding long hot showers, spicy foods and alcohol can also help maintain the skin’s moisture. Intense pulse light therapy is one of the most common technologies used to treat rosacea. After a series of treatments it can significantly reduce the redness and visible blood vessels on the face. Photodynamic therapy can significantly improve moderate to severe acne, including cystic acne. These treatments inactivate the bacteria that trigger acne, exfoliate the skin to unclog pores and decrease the activity of overactive sebaceous glands in the skin.