The winter season comes with a whole new set of challenges for your skin. This means that your current skin concerns, like acne, can sometimes get aggravated because of them. If you have acne-prone skin, the dry air can make your pimples feel itchy and tight. Add to that the drying ingredients in your acne products and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. But fret not, there are ways you can deal with itchy pimples during the winter. Scroll down to find out how.

01. Use a soothing cleanser

Use a soothing cleanser

If your breakouts are prone to itchiness, regular cleansers may lead to further irritation. Use a formula that cleanses your skin and calms it at the same time. Quick-rinse products that leave no residue behind can help keep the itchiness at bay. Plant-based calming agents will be your best bet as they won’t affect the acne-fighting nature of your cleanser, but will help nourish your skin properly.

BB picks: Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash


02. Include a calming toner in your routine

Include a calming toner in your routine

Girls who struggle with acne often reach out for oil-zapping toners to keep the flare-ups under control. But mattifying toners can have irritating ingredients that can lead to more itchiness. Opt for a calming formula that helps hydrate your skin and regulate the excess sebum production, instead of stripping your skin’s natural oils. Botanicals-based toners that offer a calming sensation, instead of the usual tingling one, should be the litmus test of the right formula for you.

BB picks: Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist Toner


03. Moisturise with intent

Moisturise with intent

Just because it is winter, don’t think that you’ll go slapping on thick creams on acne-prone skin. Yes, your skin needs moisturisation to fight acne-causing bacteria and keep it from getting irritated. But you have to choose the right formula. Pick a non-comedogenic formula (won’t clog the pores), which is lightweight in texture.

BB picks: Lakmé Absolute Hydra Pro Gel Crème


04. Take note of which surfaces your face is touching

Take note of which surfaces your face is touching

The thing about acne is that you can make it so much worse by touching, picking or rubbing. Stop touching your face, keep your pillowcases clean, and watch what kind of other external materials your face is coming in contact with. And yes, we are looking at your phone as a major culprit here!


05. Spot-treat with petroleum jelly

Spot-treat with petroleum jelly

Sometimes, if a particular pimple is itching a lot, the healing process makes your skin lose moisture much faster than the rest of your face. Take a pea-sized dollop of the Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly and apply it on the pimple to form a protective barrier over it. The emollient helps soothe the area around it, without clogging the pores while the zit heals.