How To Stop Your Acne From Freaking Out This Fall

Illustrated by Jessica Marak.
Fall seems like an especially good time for those with acne-prone skin: Less sweat means less clogged pores, which means less breakouts, right? Well, not exactly.
Aside from the stress of school and work that can cause breakouts, the seasonal shift can also contribute to acne, along with increased dryness. “As the seasons change and the weather becomes cooler, all skin types may start to feel more dry and even sensitive with the weather change,” says dermatologist Shilesh Iyer, MD, of the New York Dermatology Group.
Now’s the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet and swap in products that will soothe and protect (regardless of skin type) as the weather cools down, the wind picks up, and the heater is turned on.