Fall Skincare Tips

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Leaves aren’t the only thing changing this season. Did you know that as the seasons change, your skincare routine should too?

With the new season upon us, here are some fall skin care tips to help deal with the changing weather.

Chronic skin conditions may flare with change of season

Chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea and acne may start to flare during the change of season.

If you have psoriasis or eczema, make sure you are moisturizing your skin well and if needed, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist for topical steroids or steroid-free creams especially if you know that you experience seasonal flares. Some steroid-free prescriptions include eucrisa, elidel, & protopic.

Plan laser and chemical peel treatments

Fall and winter mean laser and chemical peel season! These treatments should ideally be done when your skin is not tan, aka- in the fall and winter.

Laser treatments: Laser treatments are great for dark/brown spots, redness and enlarged blood vessels. Most common laser treatment areas are the face, neck, chest and tops of the hands. Certain lasers can also be used to treat cystic acne.

Though it technically isn’t a laser, IPL, Intense Pulse Light, is a popular laser-like treatment for this time of year as well. Check out our IPL Treatment Guide here.

Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are perfect for addressing skin texture, clogged pores, brown spots, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles and for plumping up that collagen! My favorite are glycolic acid and retinol peels. Click here to learn more about the chemical peels available at Advanced Specialty Care.

Consider using thicker moisturizers and less retinol

If your skin is dry and flaky this time of year, consider decreasing the number of days a week you apply your retinol cream. For me, I decrease to 3-4 times a week, sometimes 2-3 if my skin is extra dry.

I also switch to a thicker moisturizer in the cooler weather for my face and body. We offer a full line of medical grade skin care products, including retinols and moisturizers at our offices. You can see our full line here.

Yes, you still need sunscreen!

Sunscreen always! You need sunscreen even in the cooler weather and on cloudy days. The best sunscreens are broad spectrum SPF 30. All sunscreens need to be re-applied every 2 hours. EltaMD is always my go to for UV protection!

If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling a Dermatology or Skincare appointment at Advanced Specialty Care, feel free to call us at (203) 830-4700 or click here to request an appointment online. We have four convenient office locations throughout Fairfield County in Stamford, Ridgefield, Norwalk and Danbury, CT.

Topics: Blog, Dermatology, Jessica Mangiaracina, PA-C , Skincare & Laser