A three year follow-up study found that acne tends to flare up during colder months. The study found that visits to dermatologists increase by up to 11% during this period, and that more patients struggle to achieve complete acne clearance. One of the reasons why acne tends to worsen in winter, is because the skin tries to overproduce sebum, the oil which small glands in the skin produce to keep it hydrated. While a little keeps the skin soft and moist, too much can clog up the pores.

Acne is very common among adolescents and young adults but can persist into adulthood and nearly 85% of teenagers are affected by acne at some point during their teenage years [Image: Shutterstock].

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