3 Must-Have Products for Acne Prone Skin This Winter

As we face the cooler weather, our skin often becomes dry, dull and tired looking. A recent Sweet Lemon post laid out some helpful home remedies to keep dry skin at bay, but one problem that many of us still struggle with is how to handle acne-prone skin during the dry weather season. As I looked to tweak my daily regimen for the season change, I was specifically on the lookout for products that work their acne-fighting magic without the added irritation and dryness that comes along with most products.

Below are three unique products— a face soap, mask, and serum — to add to your skincare regimen this fall and winter if you have acne-prone skin. These products work, and they work well, without the irritation and dryness that result from some other products on the market.

Elena Rubin

1.    Elena Rubin Veritas Soap Bar

The Elena Rubin Veritas Soap Bar isn’t your plain, old-fashioned bar of soap. At closer look, you’ll notice that it’s natural and chock-full of clarifying actives. The Veritas soap—and all of Elena Rubin’s other products—are paraben-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, artificial fragrance/phthalate-free, and artificial color-free. While Elena started out on Wall Street, she turned to Eastern Medicine and created a sought-after holistic skincare line in New York City, and she has a cult-like following to show for it. In short, the Veritas soap is perfectly crafted to remove excess oil without over-drying or irritating your skin. This product is perfect for anyone who has bumps, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or generally oily skin. Order Veritas online for $49 and use once a day (at the end of the day). Live in the Big Apple? Elena comes highly recommended for her famous skincare treatments!


2.    Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Face masks aren’t just for the warm, humid months. Incorporating a mask into your routine once or twice a week during the dry season will keep your skin clear and glowing. To break it down, problems like environmental toxins and dirt clog your pores and lead to dull skin. The solution? Face masks act as the deep cleanser necessary to clear out the impurities so your skin can breathe again. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is a top-seller, especially for those of us who suffer from acne year-round. The activated charcoal acts like a serious magnet to draw out the deep dirt and toxins—and your skin becomes clear within days. Use once a week, eventually working your way up to 2 or 3 times a week.


3.    SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

This serum treats adult acne while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Double whammy! I turned to this serum when the heavy retinal gel prescribed by my dermatologist was too intense for my skin, and I use it daily with the goal of minimizing years of red acne scars on my face. My best recommendation for this product is to hit up Bluemercury for a sample first. If you border on the dry side of combination skin, I suggest only using it once a day (in the morning) and applying a face oil at night for added moisture. For those who border on the oily side of combination skin, SkinCeuticals suggests using the serum twice a day.

How do you cope with acne in the cooler months? Share in the comments!



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  • Reply November 5, 2013

    Ali Vitali

    This is an awesome list! Definitely trying out the Origins mask.