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June 23, 2020

Dealing With Dry Skin Prone To Acne

While it’s true that most women with acne have to deal with oily skin, it doesn’t mean that those with dry skin are immune to breakouts. In fact, lots of ladies with dry skin are prone to acne and it can be tricky to treat both issues without making one or the other worse. If you are battling similar skin woes, here are some skincare tips you might find useful, to help treat both dryness and prevent further acne from popping.

Avoid over-washing

Over-washing is one common skincare mistake made by women with acne prone skin. Washing your face once too often especially with cleansers containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide will strip away your natural moisture, which is already lacking in those with dry skin. Instead of the twice a day standard recommendation, you should cut that back to once daily. Remove your makeup in the evening with a product specific for that purpose and simply rinse off with water to effectively remove any residual dirt or traces of cosmetics. Opt for a gentle cleanser with only pure, non-irritating ingredients in the morning, so that your skin is conditioned, balanced and calmed with continued use.

Try Skinceuticals' Gentle Cleanser or Biologique Recherche's Lait U as an option to gently cleanse skin of impurities.

Our products are available on our e-store, Freia247.

Protect against environmental insults

Whatever the season and wherever you stay, protecting your skin against the harsh elements of the weather cannot be overlooked. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancer over time. Even if they aren’t apparent immediately, the seeds of UV damage with long term dermatological repercussions are planted with every incident of unprotected exposure. Get round your fear of a sticky, non-breathable situation by choosing a non-comedogenic formula to prevent clogging your pores and causing acne.

Try Crystal Tomato's Beyond Sun Protection, Skinceuticals' Physical Fusion UV Defense or Skinbetter Science's sunbetter compact SPF to help protect your skin against future pigmentation issues and harsh UV rays.

Don’t skip your moisturiser

It’s a surprisingly common misconception amongst women with acne that moisturisers tend to worsen their breakouts. When you’ve dry skin, moisturising it well cannot be over emphasised, more so if you’re having acne at the same time. If your skin remain inadequately hydrated with sub-optimal levels of moisture, skin’s sebum protection will be unwittingly pushed into overdrive with the propensity for further zits eruption and more blemishes. The trick here is to find a suitable moisturiser that’s tailored for acne prone skin.

Try Biologique Recherche's Creme Dermopurifiante (hydrates, manages breakout, anti bacterial) or Creme Placenta (lightens acne scars) to help manage problematic, breakout/acne skin.

Go easy on anti-acne lotions and creams

Most formulations that target acne tend to be drying to the skin so less is probably more especially when you’ve dry skin to begin with. Apply sparingly a small amount of product just enough to form a thin film over the area(s) that require treatment and avoid rubbing, a common habit many of us are guilty of in our overzealous attempt to get rid of the pesky spots. Another way to get round flakiness is to apply your oil free moisturiser before your anti-acne products or opt for spot treatment to avoid unaffected skin.

Our products are available on our e-store, Freia247.

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