Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • November 2017
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Fall-proof your skin

While fall for many means football, sweaters and pumpkin spiced everything, it is also a time for you to re-evaluate how you are handling your skin care routine. You may have started to notice that your skin is becoming dry and you don’t understand why.

Dry air everywhere

The main reason fall is so harsh on your skin is because of the drop in humidity. In summer, the air is warm and moist keeping your skin moisturized without you even realizing it. Once the cooler air arrives, the humidity levels drop and you lose that natural moisturizer. On top of the dry air are the strong, cold winds. These winds can strip your skin of its natural barrier that keeps it from drying out. The dry air doesn’t stop the minute you walk into your home, though. Forced air coming from a furnace or fireplace also dries out the air in your home. Everywhere you go the air around you is causing your skin to dry out quickly.

Preventative measures can help

To protect your skin against the effects of dry air and harsh winds there are five preventative measures you can start doing today that will benefit your skin as the weather transitions into winter:

1. Break out the humidifier

Create your own humidity by using a humidifier. Humidifiers add more moisture into our homes, giving skin relief from the dry climate and increasing its hydration.

2. Wear proper clothing

It is best to cover up your skin during a cold, windy day with long sleeves, a hat and a scarf. Avoid fabrics like wool that can cause irritation.

3. Avoid hot showers

A hot shower always feels great after coming in from a cold day, but hot showers are very harsh on your skin. Hot water removes many of your skin’s natural oils promoting dry, itchy skin, and causing it to redden and become irritated.

4. Exfoliate less

Exfoliating the face and body is a must during fall as it removes dead skin cells and revitalizes our pores, but it is important to avoid over-exfoliating. Over-exfoliation can irritate and overstimulate the skin causing it to become dry and irritated.

5. Incorporate a heavy moisturizer and lip balm

In summer, the humidity in the air naturally keeps your skin and lips moist. While we experience moisture loss in fall, it is important to provide extra moisture by using a heavier moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer generously both morning and night, especially after a shower. Keep a small container with you to reapply throughout the day as needed. The cold air and harsh winds can also dry out your lips, causing them to crack. Regularly apply a sun protection factor (SPF) lip balm every morning and keep it handy to reapply throughout the day.

Allow your best skin to show during this upcoming holiday season. Follow these five preventative measures and you are on a great track for having healthy, glowing skin while the weather is at its coldest. 


Michelle Cihla, MD

Open since 1970, Forefront Dermatology is comprised of leading physicians in the world of dermatology. Working as a collaborative network, we use only the latest techniques, technologies, and best practices in skin care. Our collective expertise delivers world class care for all patients who enter our practices. See ad on page 7.

Dr. Michelle Cihla, MD is a board-certified dermatologist for Forefront Dermatology in northeast Wisconsin.


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