Can Moving To A New City Affect Your Skin?

Updated 7/6/15. After moving to a new state or country, many can experience some changes in their skin. This might include rashes, dryness, abnormal sensitivity and increased breakouts or oil. Generally these changes are influenced by three key factors: water, climate, and food.

Water – I’m not referring to drinking water, but the quality of the water and how it can affect your skin when showering and washing your face. For example, if your skin has been used to hard water and now you’ve moved somewhere with soft water, something as simple as washing your face may be affected, because cleansers are harder to rinse off in soft water, so there may be a cleanser residue that your skin is not used to. Or if your skin has been used to soft water and now you’re using hard water, it may be harsher and dehydrating for those who suffer from dry skin…

Climate – It’s a fact that when seasons change, it affects the skin (negatively or positively). But it’s a slow transition during the change of season, so your skin can adjust more effectively. The challenge with moving to a new city, state, or country is that you are immediately thrown into a new climate and your skin may initially have a hard time adapting.

Read: How To Care For Your Skin During Seasonal Changes

Food – Certain cities, states, or countries will expose you to certain foods that you may or may not have as much when living elsewhere. For example, living in Texas I know I eat far more meat (barbecue) than I did when living in Boston or Minnesota, as well as more Mexican food (cheese), and these may have an impact on your skin from the hormones given to cows. Simply put, a change in diet may cause a change in the skin.

Read: Why Does Eating Dairy Cause Breakouts?

While it will always be difficult to determine the cause of a change in your skin, do know that anytime you make a change in your water, climate, and food, a change is made to the body and your skin – which may be positive or negative.

If you are experiencing changes with your skin, the best place to start is to consult with a professional and adjust your skin care routine to your current needs. Simply put, if your products aren’t working, it’s time for a change. You might also consider keeping track of your every move with a calendar to look for any possible patterns that might allow you to determine what’s not working. Read more about this here. And lastly, time heals all. Eventually, your skin should adjust and things will normalize.

Read: Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist, or Esthetician: Who Should You See For Your Skin?
Read: Five Ways To Hydrated Oily, Acne-Prone Skin Without Causing Breakouts
Read: Here’s Proof That Applying A Vitamin C Serum To Your Skin REALLY Works

Which skin care products are best for you? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

Need expert advice from a licensed esthetician? Schedule a virtual consultation to get customized advice in person, over the phone or online via Skype or FaceTime.

For more expert advice check out the blog. Also sign up for our skin tip e-newsletter, follow Renée Rouleau on Twitter and Instagram and join the discussion on our Facebook page. You’ll be your own skin care expert in no time. Get the #ReneeRouleauGlow!

Get Blog Posts In Your Email

Content Copyright © 2017, Renée Rouleau, Inc

Content found on, including: text, images, audio, or other formats were created for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog.