Derm DMs: Why Do I Have Body Breakouts in the Winter?

February 11, 2022
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal
Derm DMs: Why Do I Have Body Breakouts in the Winter?

Pimples can pop up anywhere on your body, from your scalp down to your butt. While body acne can be more common in the warmer months (thank you heat and humidity), you can still break out in the winter. To find out what causes your body to break out in the winter months, we tapped Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and expert. Read on for his tips for fighting body acne.

What Causes Your Body to Break Out in the Winter?

Many people assume body acne is caused by summer heat and humidity, and while that can be true, acne can also form in the cold, dry winter months. When temperatures drop, we tend to amp up the indoor heating and wear irritating sweaters, both of which can lead to dry, itchy skin. “In the winter, your skin loses moisture, which causes your body to create more sebum which tries to overcompensate for the dry skin, causing breakouts,” says Dr. Frank. “Things like excess skin cells, itchy, tight clothing and excessive sweating can all cause body acne.” 

How to Prevent and Treat Body Acne in the Winter

To treat active breakouts on your chest and back, try a body wash that contains benzoyl peroxide. Dr. Frank recommends using the PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash, a medicated antibacterial wash that helps clear existing acne and prevent new blemishes from forming.

In addition, “moisturizing is key,” says Dr. Frank. “Remembering to moisturize after each shower is crucial in the winter.” We love the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Moisturizer for Dry Skin. The body cream, which has a rich texture and absorbs quickly, offers all-day hydration to help replenish dry skin and restore a healthy skin barrier.


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Design: Hannah Packer

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