Acne is a skin problem we generally associate with oily skin. But in reality, dry skin too can face trouble and break out occasionally. This is a comparatively tricky situation since it is generally assumed acne is triggered by excess production of sebum. However, it is not always the case and blackheads, clogged pores, whiteheads, and acne can also occur in dry skin as well. There are many causes like dirt, bacteria, and weaker protective barrier of the skin, to name a few. Read on to find out how you can manage the troubles and get radiant skin despite all odds.
Why and how do breakouts happen on dry skin?
Dry skin can break out too for several reasons. Once you understand the reasons behind the breakout, you can find out the right treatment. Here are some reasons behind such breakouts.
- Dry skin often has dilated pores and dirt that can clog pores. This leads to a breakout
- Acne-causing bacteria aggravate such breakouts even though you have dry skin
- Often the pores get clogged due to sebum. Since the skin is too dry, oil secretion increases, and this, in turn, clogs the pores which lead to a breakout
- Dead skin cells and patchy skin often accumulate and in turn clog the pores causing an acne breakout
- Harsh soaps or specific skin treatments/ingredients may irritate the skin and cause acne in dry skin
How to prevent breakouts on dry skin
As it is a general assumption that acne breakout happens in oily skin only, the treatments and preventive measures are also designed to suit the oily and combination skin type. However, there are a few ways to combat the issue of dry skin as well. They are listed below:
#1 Use an effective and hydrating cleanser
Often the regular cleansers leave the skin feeling dry and parched after using them. Using a hydrating cleanser daily can help you keep dirt, dry and dead skin cells at bay without making the skin dry. Choose a mild hydrating cleanser like the Foxtale Daily Duet Face Wash which doubles as a makeup cleanser too. As a result, there is no chance of clogged pores that eventually lead to the breakout.
#2 Wash your face less frequently
Oily skin is usually suggested to wash their face frequently to get rid of excess oil that leads to acne. However, it shouldn’t be the case with dry skin. Dry skin already produces less than average sebum and if you wash your face too often, it can make it even drier. Hence, wash your face once or twice (maximum) a day only. If you have extremely dry skin, try splashing some water instead of going for a full cleansing routine in the morning.
#3 Moisturize your skin well
Keeping the skin moisturized is the key to ensuring your dry skin does not flake or get irritated. Using a ceramide moisturizer will help maintain the skin’s cellular structure and improve its elasticity. On the other hand, ingredients like hyaluronic acid form a skin barrier against harmful external radicals. Our Foxtale Ceramide Supercream is enriched with both and hence the perfect choice for dry and acne-prone skin. Although lightweight, it nourishes the skin deeply, leaving it happy, plump and healthy. Isn’t that exactly what dreams are made of?
#4 Use SPF
Whether you are indoors or outdoors or have oily or dry skin, just never skip sunscreen. For dry skin beauties who want to target acne, it’s best to look out for a sunscreen that offers a little more than just protection from UV rays. The Foxtale CoverUp Sunscreen is the perfect choice for you, thanks to the numerous benefits it offers. Thanks to its skin-loving ingredients like Niacinamide, Panthenol, Vitamin E, and other such kinds, it treats various skin concerns like acne and dry skin.
#5 Do not physically exfoliate your skin
If you have acne-prone skin, leave physical exfoliants behind. They leave micro-tears on your skin which leads to further damage on the skin like peeling and patchiness. Instead, opt for chemical exfoliants which are hydrating as well. AHA, like lactic acid, is a good choice for dry skin specifically.
#6 Do not pop pimples, instead use a spot treatment
Some of us find it hard to resist when there is a pimple to pop. But this can damage your skin much more than anything else. The tissue damage caused by squeezing out the pimple can leave behind permanent scar marks, especially on dry skin which takes longer to heal.
Instead opt for a spot treatment composed of actives, for instance, azelaic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. When strong actives are blended in perfect proportion, they can quickly minimize the inflammation caused by acne. These spot-specific treatments are great to treat angry-looking acne and acne scars since the rest of your skin remains unaffected by its effect. Instead of using serums on the entire face which eventually dries out the skin too much, such spot treatment focuses only on the problem area.
Dry skin requires an extra dose of pampering but it gets trickier when it is prone to acne as well. With the help of the right habits, skincare methods, and treatment, you can ensure acne-prone dry skin stays radiant too.