As we transition from winter to spring, you may experience a change in your skin, such as increased oil (sebum) production leading to clogged pores and acne. Below are some reasons why our skin starts producing more sebum in spring time and what you can do to avoid breakouts:

Increased humidity

As the weather warms up in spring, the air becomes more humid and can compromise your skin's natural moisture barrier. In response, your skin produces more oil to compensate, leading to clogged pores and acne.

Increased sun exposure

After a long winter and lack of Vitamin D, spending as much time as possible in the sun is tempting. However, the sun naturally increases your skin's oil production, which can lead to breakouts. It's essential to protect your skin from harmful UV rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Gradually exposing your skin to the sun will allow your skin to adjust to the increase in UV exposure without stressing your skin.

Cleansing Habits

Your cleansing habits also play a role in the health of your skin. During winter, you may have been using heavier products to combat dry skin. However, these products can become too heavy as the weather warms up, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Consider switching to lighter, oil-free moisturizers and cleansers and gently exfoliating your skin weekly to help your skin breathe.

Hormonal changes

As the seasons change, your circadian rhythm and hormone production can be affected by changes in daylight hours, temperature, and food availability. This can lead to imbalances in melatonin and cortisol levels, which can impact your skin's health.

One way to counteract this is by consuming herbs that contain anti-androgenic properties, such as Spearmint, Peppermint and Tulsi (Holy Basil). Androgens are a group of hormones that both females and men have, and if you have PCOS, you tend to have higher levels of these hormones. High levels of these hormones are also a common cause of hormonal acne and are typically located on the lower face, chin, and jawline. That's how you know it's hormonal.

Consuming anti-androgenic herbs will naturally help regulate sebum production in your skin and have a cooling effect on your skin. Try incorporating infusions made with these herbs, and consume 2 cups daily for a few weeks. You find them in our blend Calm.

Additionally, spending more time in the fresh air can help regulate your circadian rhythm and reduce stress, which can help balance your hormone levels.

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