Tips on how to treat acne when you have dry skin

Tips on how to Treat Acne when you have Dry Skin


Want to achieve acne-free skin? Here’s how you can turn your dream into reality. With the below tips, you’re one step away from clear and youthful skin.

It's known to be stubborn and ever so persistent. Yes! It's acne- a problem experienced by adults and teens alike. Often, it is a skin condition that is associated with oily skin. But in reality, people with 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 the excess production of sebum. 

However, it is not always the case; blackheads, clogged pores, whiteheads, and acne can also occur in dry skin. 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 treat acne and get radiant skin despite all odds. 

What is acne? 

Acne is like the uninvited guest at a party that just won't leave! It's caused by the overproduction of oil and the buildup of dead skin cells in the pores of your skin. This leads to the formation of pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads that can be painful, unsightly and may even cause scarring if left untreated. Acne can be caused by a combination of factors including genetics, hormones, diet, and hygiene.

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 leads 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 acne on dry skin

Here’s how you can tackle the issue of acne on dry skin by following these tips and tricks:

1.Use a hydrating cleanser

Using a cleanser that is gentle and hydrating can be a total game-changer for your skin. Foxtale's daily duet cleanser emulsifies to remove makeup and helps get rid of dirt and dead skin cells without making the skin feel dry. It contains red algae extract, an antioxidant known for its cleansing and moisturizing properties, and vitamin B5, which aids in reducing the appearance of acne and blemishes. This unique blend of ingredients makes this cleanser a must-have for achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

2.Wash your face less frequently

People with oily skin are usually recommended to wash their face frequently in order to get rid of excess oil. 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. At most, it's best to wash your face twice a day. 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

Don't you love the feeling of soft and bouncy skin? Along with all the nourishment a moisturizer offers, it helps protect you from harsh and drying winters. Slathering on moisturizer ensures you do not get any flakes or experience any irritation. Foxtale’s Ceramide Supercream is enriched with 3 ceramides — AP, NP, and EOP that help repair the skin barrier prevent moisture loss by forming a protective layer on the skin, and maintain the skin’s cellular structure. Although lightweight, it nourishes the skin deeply, leaving your skin hydrated for 24 hours.

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. When you use a dewy sunscreen that contains skin-loving ingredients like niacinamide, panthenol, and vitamin E, it helps in strengthening the skin barrier, protecting it from free radical damage, and moisturizing it. 

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.Try using a Retinol

Retinol is the secret weapon for banishing blemishes by clearing out clogged pores and shedding dead skin cells. And if you're a little hesitant to try retinol because of potential irritation, no worries! Start with a serum that has a lower concentration of Retinol to ease into it, like Foxtale’s anti ageing night serum. It contains 0.15% encapsulated retinol which is known to show less irritation on the skin and treats the signs of ageing 2X faster compared to other retinol serums

7.Use a spot treatment

Some of you might 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. 

What’s the best acne spot treatment

One that is composed of actives like azelaic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. When these 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 remain unaffected by its effect. 

The Conclusion 

Dry, acne-prone skin can be difficult to manage, but with the right skincare routine and habits, it is possible to achieve acne-free skin. An effective skincare routine for dry, acne-prone skin should include a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer with non-comedogenic ingredients, and a product with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to target acne. 

Additionally, it's important to avoid using harsh skincare products and to protect your skin from the sun. Drinking enough water, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding touching your face with your hands can also help to prevent acne. With a consistent skincare routine and healthy habits, you can achieve the clear and radiant skin you desire. 


1.Which moisturizer can I use for dry and acne-prone skin? 

For dry skin, you will need a moisturizer that is nourishing, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. To provide the necessary hydration, you can try Foxtale's Comfort zone moisturizer which is created to address the needs of dry and sensitive skin. It contains Saccharide Isomerate, which adds up to 275% moisture and the goodness of olive leaf extracts and vitamin E that helps to enhance the skin's moisture retention ability

2.Why is it important to use spot treatment? 

Spot treatments are necessary to reduce the redness and swelling that comes with acne. It also prevents the formation of new blemishes. Not only do they help reduce the appearance of existing blemishes, but they also prevent new ones from forming. A spot corrector gel packed with powerhouse ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and azelaic acid, is a one-stop-shop for unclogging pores, killing acne-causing bacteria, and speeding up cell turnover for a clearer, brighter complexion. 

3.How can I reduce the appearance of my acne scars? 

You can gradually reduce the appearance of acne scars by adding retinol and vitamin C serum to your routine. They are known to be the most effective treatment for acne scars. They aid in reducing the appearance of acne scars by boosting collagen production, thereby encouraging the growth of healthier skin and facilitating the healing of acne wounds.

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