Dry Skin and Acne: Common Causes and Treatments

Dry Skin and Acne: Common Causes and Treatments

  • By Srishty Singh

Acne occurs when sebum, gunk and impurities clog the pores on your skin. These plugged pores often aggravated, provide a ground for acne-related bacteria to thrive – leading to bumps and inflammation. And while we most associate acne with oily, greasy skin, it is also common in folks with dry skin. More on that ahead.

If you have dry skin and often witness breakouts – this blog is for you. We help you with ways to treat acne while alleviating episodes of flaky, scaly skin. But before jumping to the solution, let’s understand all the reasons for this tough combination that may throw you off your skincare game.

How Does Occur On Dry Skin?

Since dry skin lacks moisturization, it can cue the sebaceous glands to overproduce oil. When this excess oil with dirt and pollutants (the slick attracts) clogs the pores – it leads to acne.

Additionally, acne can also prevail in dry skin due to skincare or makeup products that clog the pores. So, before you fill up your shopping carts, ensure to check the labels for the non-comedogenic value marker.

 The Best Routine To Treat Acne With Dry Skin?

To maintain dry skin while keeping acne breakouts at bay, you need an infallible morning and nighttime routine. Luckily, we are here to help you in this endeavour. Keep reading.

1. Cleansing: The best cleanser for dry skin with acne should dislodge dirt, debris and impurities without stripping the dermis. We recommend Foxtale’s Acne Control Face Wash with Salicylic Acid for this job. At the heart of this formulation, Salicylic Acid buffs away dead cells while maintaining a healthy microbiome. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Salicylic Acid is the perfect match for acne outbreaks. The best part? This unique formulation carries Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful humectant that binds water molecules to the skin for long-lasting hydration. Talk about a win-win.

2. Treatment: If you have dry skin and are prone to breakouts – try Foxtale’s Niacinamide Serum. Niacinamide is the active ingredient that does it all. It blots excess oil and prevents clogged pores while upholding the lipid barrier. This results in long-lasting moisturization for your skin. If the acne is too severe, throw the AHA BHA Exfoliating Serum into the mix. Infused with Salicylic and Glycolic acid, the serum sloughs off build-up and reduces episodes of whiteheads, blackheads and acne.

3. Moisturization: Moisturization is indispensable to healthy, happy skin. Luckily, we have the perfect product that conquers dry spots while abating acne on the face. Foxtale’s innovative Oil Free Moisturizer soothes acne and inflammation while hydrating the skin. It contains powerful humectants, Hyaluronic Acid, Red and Blue Green Algae Extracts that ensure your skin’s soft, supple appearance. Get this lightweight & non-comedogenic formula only at INR 395.

4. Sun Protection: SPF lodged in pores is one of the biggest culprits for acne outbreaks. To steer clear of this concern, we recommend the Dewy Sunscreen by Foxtale for your vanity. The lightweight formula keeps burns, tanning and photoaging at bay while bestowing a dewy radiance to the skin. Additionally, the duo of D-Panthenol and Niacinamide in the SPF ensure long-lasting moisturization while casting away excess sebum from the skin. One of the best dry skin products, you can grab this beloved sunscreen for only at INR 595!

 Some Other Tips and Tricks To Maintain Dry Skin With Acne

As discussed, dry skin with acne breakouts can be a tough combination to beat. But with the right skincare routine and some tricks up your sleeves – you can attain healthy, happy skin.

1. Cleanse X 2: To minimize acne while upholding dry skin, cleanse twice daily. You can also use your acne cleanser after labour-intensive activities gymming, running and more. Having said that, avoid overwashing and over-exfoliation at all costs, as it can strip your skin of its natural oils.

2. Gentle Formulas: Some acne skin care products in the market, can be harsh and abrasive to your skin. They can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to uncomfortable tightness. To circumvent this problem, use gentle yet meticulous formulas. Case in point, our Acne Control Face Wash hits the sweet spot of reducing acne while being extremely gentle on the skin.

3. Lightweight, Breathable and Non-Comedogenic Formulas: To reiterate, use lightweight and non-comedogenic formulas to maintain dry skin with acne.

Conclusion: While most associate acne with oily skin, it is common in dry skin too. For those unaware, dry skin lacks moisturization and that can often cue the oil glands into overdrive mode. Alternatively, specific skincare (SPF and moisturizer, especially) and beauty products can clog pores, leading to acne and inflammation. To nip these problems in the bud, one should abide by a foolproof skincare ritual twice daily.


1. What helps dry out acne?

Ans) Try Salicylic Acne to dry out your acne fast.

2. Why do I have acne on my dry skin?

Ans) Acne on dry skin is fairly common. It can happen due to the lack of moisturization cueing in sebaceous glands to overproduce oil. Alternatively, certain skincare or beauty products can also clog the pores on your skin – leading to acne.

3. What is the best serum for dry, acne-prone skin?

Ans) Try Foxtale’s Niacinamide Serum for dry, acne-prone skin. The formula blots excess sebum, prevents clogged pores and ensures long-lasting moisturization for the skin.

4. What is the best moisturizer for dry skin with acne?

Ans) Try Foxtale’s Oil Free Moisturizer for dry skin with acne. The breathable formula carries Hyaluronic Acid, Red, and Blue Green Algae Extracts that deeply hydrate the skin. It also calms down breakouts and inflammation for a clarified complexion.

5. Is Salicylic Acid good for dry, acne-prone skin?

 Ans) Absolutely. Salicylic Acid sloughs off dead cells, debris and excess oil to reduce acne without overdrying the skin. It is super gentle and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate redness, rashes and more.

6. Is Niacinamide good for dry skin with acne.

Ans) Yes. Niacinamide helps removes excess sebum and prevent clogged pores while preventing TEWL or transepidermal water loss from the skin.

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