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Caring for your skin during the winter is a particularly challenging task. The weather's working against you, and it's easy to skimp on your nighttime beauty routine when you're ready to hop into your cozy bed to beat the cold. Furthermore, some of the ingredients found in our skincare products are actually exacerbating the winter damage. Say goodbye to dry skin and rough patches by steering clear of certain ingredients dermatologists warn are worsening the effects of cold weather. PopSugar had dermatologists weigh in on the exact ingredients to avoid during winter so you can get your skin back on track to looking hydrated and beautiful.
Keep scrolling to study up on the ingredients to avoid this winter and what skincare items to use instead.
Petrolatum. You may feel the urge to double up on petrolatum-based products when it's cold out for an extra boost of moisture, but Daniel Foitl, M.D., actually advises the opposite. "The comedogenic properties of petrolatum truly seal off our skin from air, water, or anything else that wants to enter or leave," he says. "They don't allow ambient moisture to enter our skin. In addition, they can trap oil and dirt leading to blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads."
Astringents. "Overuse of astringents, especially those containing alcohol, strip skin of its natural oils," Foitl says, which leaves your skin raw and vulnerable to dryness and infections—not doing any favors for your complexion.
Soap. Sherry Ingraham, M.D., recommends "avoiding soap-based cleansers whenever possible, especially during the dry winter months." As an alternative, she says to look for cleansers that are pH neutral.
Head here to discover five winter skincare rules a dermatologist wants you to follow.