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As if acne-sufferers don't already have it hard enough, the skin's needs become more complex during the colder months of the year. "Winter weather can certainly wreak havoc on the skin so it's important to seek gentle, acne-clearing products
," says NYC-based dermatologist Melissa Levin. "As the weather cools and the air gets drier, the skin barrier is broken, leading to cracks in the outer layer of the skin, loss of hydration, and eventually inflammation." The problem is that the skin's moisture barrier may already be compromised by harsh acne treatments
and oil-stripping cleansers, which exacerbate problems like dryness, irritation, and peeling.