There are a number of reasons why skin is especially prone to breakouts during the holiday/travel season. For those of us with oily or combination skin, there is an even higher chance for travel-related skin irritation. In addition to the following tips on avoiding acne, Baton Rouge area residents can speak with a specialist at The Dermatology Clinic for a personalized dermatology solution.
Holiday acne is generally catalyzed by higher amounts of stress. So, whether you travel by road, sea, or air, you are susceptible to breakouts. However, there are simple adjustments that can be made to your daily regimen, so that you emerge from the holidays looking fresh-faced.
- Gently Exfoliate
Your new skin regimen begins before you even leave the house: first, start by gently exfoliating your skin the week before you travel. There are a number of over-the-counter products, dermatologist-tested brands, and numerous DIY recipes available online for great exfoliators. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, unblocks pores, and reveals a fresh, new layer of skin. Be sure to thoroughly moisturize directly after.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
On that note, it’s important to maintain a moisture barrier on your face throughout the duration of your trip. If you are flying, this step is especially crucial. I recommend that you apply a serum or moisturizing cream directly before boarding the plane. A good serum or cream will provide enough hydration to protect you throughout the flight. It’s important to note that you may need to reapply during transcontinental flights or flights that are longer than six hours.
- Do Not Touch Your Face
Because thousands of people are also traveling during the holidays, you are going to come into contact with billions of germs. So, as always, wash your hands and do not touch your face. Keep in mind that, according to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, the average person touches their face 3.6 times each hour. Additionally, be wary of ethanol-based, antibacterial gels and hand serums. These can dry out the skin on your hands, and if you touch your face, those areas as well.
For more specific information on the treatment and prevention of skin conditions such as acne, Baton Rouge area residents can contact The Dermatology Clinic. We would be happy to discuss both pre- and post-travel skin care!