“With summer ending, are there any changes to my skin care routine that will help me fight acne in the fall and winter?”

Avoiding excessive dryness and skin irritation is important to effectively managing acne. In the winter, humidity tends to decrease, which may require some changes to your skin care routine to maintain adequate skin moisture, and to prevent the irritation and skin flaking that comes with over drying. Limit face washing to a maximum of twice daily since more frequent washing will not improve acne and can reduce skin hydration.

Try to limit or avoid the use of alcohol-based products, since they tend to be quite drying. Evaluate how your skin feels after using your cleanser.

If it feels tight and dry, it might be helpful to switch to a milder product. Be sure that your cleanser is soapless. There are many options available, so you might want to consult a pharmacist to help you select an appropriate product.

If you are using a medicated cleanser, such as one containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, it might help to switch to one with a lower percentage of the active ingredient during the winter months should you develop dryness, tightness or flaking. Another alternative would be to reduce the frequency of use to once daily or every other day if you experience excessive dryness with the change in weather.

The choice of moisturizer is also important. Generally, using a light-weight noncomedogenic moisturizer will provide adequate skin hydration, but in the winter months, you might need to switch to a product that provides more hydration, while still being noncomedogenic.