Our team gets a lot (and we mean a lot) of questions about skin care. Right around the time, the weather starts to change, we see an uptick in the number of patients asking us why their skin seems to act up in the fall—whether it’s from breakouts, dullness, irritation, dry skin patches, or ways to repair sun damage and uneven skin tone. So if you’ve ever suspected that your skin gets worse when the weather changes, you’re not alone. According to Dr. Craig Austin, founder of Cane + Austin & Board Certified Dermatologist:

 “Our skin adapts to the environment, so as the air dries out, so does our skin, creating a layer of dry, built-up dead skin cells; for those with oily, acne-prone skin, this can cause breakouts and irritation without proper exfoliation.  It’s very important to adapt your skincare routine from one season to the next! ”

The good news is, there are a few easy changes you can make to your current skincare routine that will help ease the transition from summer to fall!

 4 Easy Ways to Transition your Skin care Routine:

  1. Incorporate exfoliating ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acid into your routine. If your skin is breaking out, adding a daily chemical exfoliant, like the CANE + AUSTIN Acne Retexture Pad, can be a game changer. These one time use pads, contain glycolic acid to break down dead skin cells, sebum and other pore-clogging substances while salicylic acid gives your skin a deep down cleanse with anti-inflammatory benefits. After using your regular facial cleanser, swipe one pad on the entire face morning and night without rinsing to maintain clear skin. If your skin is on the sensitive side, ease into the pads by using a few days per week, working your way up to daily use.
  2. Upgrade your moisturizer. This tip seems like a no-brainer for dry skin sufferers, but what’s important here is to select a good moisturizer that does more than just keep your skin hydrated. The CANE + AUSTIN 10% Glycolic Facial Moisture Cream works double-time, helping your skin balance moisture levels while repairing and soothing irritation.
  3. Exfoliate more than just your face. Your face shouldn’t get all of the attention when it comes to upgrading your skincare routine. Since the skin on your body tends to be thicker than the skin on your face, reach for a product that contains both a physical and chemical exfoliant like the CANE + AUSTIN Face and Body  Glycolic Acid Scrub. Gentle scrubbing beads (walnut based) give a head start for glycolic and salicylic acid to slough away parched flaky skin. Give some extra TLC to any rough patches on the knees or elbows by leaving the product on those areas for an extra minute before scrubbing.
  4. Repair summer sun damage. Fall is your dermatologist’s favorite time of year because now that you’re spending less time in the sun, they can get to work on repairing any signs of damage including fine lines, discoloration and uneven tone and texture. Incorporating a glycolic acid peel like CANE + AUSTIN Miracle Pad with 20% glycolic acid is an easy way to repair your skin at home. The active ingredient penetrates deep down to help remove sun spots, fine lines and smooth out rough, uneven texture. If you need to step it up a notch, head to your dermatologist for laser therapy or microneedling. To maintain your results, don’t skimp on the SPF even though summer has ended!