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Now that winter is around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the cold months ahead by unpacking your favorite scarves, hats, coats and turtlenecks to help keep you warm. In doing so, we often do not consider the acne triggering elements lurking within the folds of our cold weather clothing and accessories. Seasons of accumulated sweat, oil, makeup and bacteria can be the reason. To ensure long lasting acne free skin, just follow our recommendations on how to keep your winter wardrobe clean, fresh and acne safe.
How can winter clothing trigger acne? Think about this, the collar of most coats and jackets can create friction and transfer cooties (oil, bacteria etc.) along the jaw line, neck and chest resulting in an acne attack. By simply keeping these items sanitized you can prevent acne and still look fabulous. Spray rubbing alcohol onto the collars and remove build up with a damp cloth often. Also, plan on washing most scarves and sweaters regularly to prevent build up with an acne safe detergent such as Tide Free or All Free
If you notice breakouts along the hairline and forehead it may very well be from your snugly hats, beanies, hoods, helmets or anything else that may be sitting on top of your head. Again, keeping them clean regularly makes a big difference between clear skin and acne. Try spritzing alcohol on the area using a damp cloth to help loosen and remove buildup every few times you wear them.