Before you lose all your hope, please bear in mind that there are still ways on how you can keep your skin healthy despite its condition. In this article, we will share with you the tried and tested tips on how to combat these two most problematic skin issues.
If you are ready to get rid of dry acne prone skin and welcome a more radiant, glowing and healthy looking skin, then continue reading!
This is probably the most obvious tip of all. What do you do with dry skin? Your moisturizer it, of course! But the tricky part is how do you choose a moisturizer to use for a skin that is both dry and acne prone?
Almost all moisturizers contain humectant as this substance can attract moisture to the skin. But more than that, a good moisturizer is one that can also seal in the moisture to the skin and it does so by creating a fat layer on the surface of the skin to prevent water from leaving the skin. The substances that can help do that are hyaluronic acid, squalene, and many others.
In addition to this, you should go for a non-irritating moisturizer (your skin is acne prone, after all). To do this, you should avoid moisturizers that list fragrances (parfum), preservatives (parabens) and colorants in their label. You should also opt for moisturizers that are alcohol-free because even though alcohol can be a great preservative, it can cause unwanted skin dryness.
More than using the right moisturizer, you should also learn how to moisturize properly. The best time to apply moisturizer is right after you get out of the shower while your skin is still damp. In this way, you can lock in the excess moisture that your skin needs.
Shy away from harsh scrubs
We know that exfoliating your skin is a must but please do your dry acne prone skin a favor by shying away from harsh, irritating scrubs. Over-exfoliating (yes, there is such a thing!) can exacerbate acne breakouts and can make your skin drier.
Some of the gentle exfoliating agents are the AHA's and BHA's so go for exfoliators that list these as their ingredients.
Choose the right cleanser
Aside from your moisturizer, your choice of cleanser is also equally important. While you may be tempted to go for a strong cleanser to unclog your pores and reduce the risk of acne breakout, please bear in mind that a harsh cleanser can strip the natural oils of your skin, making it drier than it already is. With this in mind, non-foaming cleansers are the best option for you.
Yes, we know that you would want to make your skin look as flawless as possible and the best way to do that is to use makeup. But since you have dry skin, make sure to moisturize your skin first before putting on makeup.
Also, do not skip the primer as this can help prevent your makeup from creasing. And instead of going for the powdered foundation, use a liquid formula so your acne marks will be less visible and your skin will not flake.
Does makeup work for pitted scars? Yes, it does! You just have to use a concealer in a pot and use either a beauty sponge or a stippling brush to cover the scars.
Acne and dry skin seem to be counterintuitive. After all, acne is caused by excess sebum production, right? Well, believe it or not. There are lots of people who are suffering from both of these skin conditions, and many of them can attest to the effectiveness of the tips that we have mentioned above.
Always have a hydrating spray on hand
If you want an easy way to deal with flaking skin, the go-to product to use is a hydrating spray. You can use it all throughout the day whenever your skin is already starting to feel dry. This product can also preserve your makeup for longer, so it is a win-win for all!
Keep your showers colder and shorter
Do you like to take long, hot showers? How relaxing, right? Well, this relaxing activity of yours has one disadvantage-it can make the skin drier and therefore, more prone to acne. That is why experts suggest that you keep your showers colder and shorter.
This is because the heat can cause inflammation and it may destroy the natural oils that are keeping our skin moisturized. As a result, your skin gets drier, and overproduction of sebum may occur as compensation for the lack of moisture on the skin. Ultimately, you will experience acne breakouts so no matter how relaxing hot showers can be, try to avoid them as much as you can.
Turn on the humidifier
If your skin is lacking in moisture, the best thing that you can do is to boost the humidity in your room, and you can do that with the use of a humidifier. It can also keep the pores open, so clogged pores can also be prevented.
Less is always more
When it comes to dealing with acne prone skin, using less is always the better. The fewer the products that you use, the lesser likely you are going to experience acne breakouts.
The more products you use, the higher the risk of irritation. The more irritated your skin is, the drier it can get and the more chances that acne may develop. We think you get the point.
So instead of piling multiple products on your face. Just simply stick to the basic-cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serum and of course, sun protection (and exfoliator from time to time). That will surely do the trick.