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Dry Skin And Acne - What Acne Treatment To Use And How To Manage It

Updated on February 2, 2016

Dry Skin + Acne is all Possible.

I always believed that acne treatment is for those with oily skin only. In my mind – “Lucky those who have dry skin because they will never experience pimples and acne!”. Oh boy, was I so wrong. Even those with super dry and flaky skin can have those ridiculous red zits.

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Battling Acne and Dry Skin Altogether

Dry skin with acne seems so hard to manage. I have oily skin and it is too unbearable. But I can control the oiliness on my face by cleaning it, toning it, and putting on a bit of moisturizer for acne-prone skin. Then, I can also apply my oil-free foundation to a maximum coverage and conceal my skin flaws. (You can say that oil-free makeup is part of my “acne treatment” as it helps my skin “look” flawless even for just a few hours.)

I was thinking of how it will be done – managing those annoying red bumps on dry skin. So, with a determined mind, I went on my usual research spree so that I will better understand the following:

How acne forms on dry skin,

How acne can be managed even with dry skin; and,

How acne can be eliminated, if possible, if you have dry skin.

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Formation of Acne on Dry Skin

I want to start on this one so that people will understand how acne forms on dry skin in order to choose the best acne treatment. Another point of this mini research is to eliminate popular myths on acne growth, which is so annoying to read – peanuts can cause acne, chocolate makes it bigger, oily food can trigger the growth and more. After all, if we are knowledgeable on the facts, we will be able to decide on a particular remedy for acne.


Anyway, the same explanation goes for all skin types as to how acne develops, as I have read. Acne is the infection of the Pilosebaceous units or PSUs. PSUs are all over the body, especially the face, the back and chest area. (This is the reason why some acne treatment kits are not just for the face, but also the body.) These PSUs contain sebaceous glands which are then connected to hair follicles. These sebaceous glands are responsible for the sebum (oily substance on the skin) and it passes through the follicle and into the opening of the follicle called the pore.


Sometimes, there is a clog in the hair follicle. The sebum needs to reach the surface of the skin because that is its normal function; to provide oil or to moisturize the skin, but if it cannot pass through because of the “clog”, there will be an irregularity. (This irregularity will be repaired by the acne treatment, when done properly.) The clog will jump start the formation of acne. Bacteria will thrive on sebum and the clogged follicle and it will then cause the infection. Acne will start to grow.


From what I understand, if the sebum from the sebaceous glands and other skin cells does not get out of the follicle, bacteria will grow in the area. It will become inflamed because white blood cells, enzymes and chemicals from the bacteria make it so – the tissue will react and the effect of that reaction is the inflammation. Pimples and acne are formed when the wall of the follicle breaks down and spills the content of the clog to the skin. There will be lesions on the skin which require acne treatment.


Now, speaking of acne cure, it will be a big chore to treat breakouts on dry skin because the usual products available for the therapy of acne and pimples are for oily skin. What these products do is dry the acne or pimples; and it is perfect for people with oily skin only.

This is How Acne Looks Like on Dry Skin.


But how about those with dry skin? If the products have a drying effect, does this mean that people with dry skin will experience more dryness? This is the usual question you will read when dry skin and acne treatment are the concerns.

How to Manage Acne on Dry Skin

What many do not know is that when your skin is overly dry, either you have made it super dry by applying products or it is such because that is your “normal” skin type, acne breakout is more likely to occur. So yes, people with dry skin can experience acne growth at any time. But with a proper regiment, dry skin + acne can be managed.

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1. Choose your products wisely.

First, if you have dry skin, then, all the products you apply to your face and body, including acne treatment must be made for dry skin. There will not be that many cures for people with dry skin + acne, but a lot of companies cater to this need. Dig in. Type and search for what you need. It may be difficult at first, but once you know what suits your skin, you are one step up in treating your skin disorders. A daily regimen is imperative.


2. If your skin is dry, it means that it is damaged; un-damage it.

Dry skin is an irregularity. Super oily skin is not ideal too. These two types mean that your skin is damaged (and you need the appropriate acne treatment for that). If you want to manage your dry skin + acne, you have to control the “damage”. Your skin needs moisture since the one of the reasons behind why it has acne is because your dry skin lost the natural oil it produces. The outer layer of the skin is not functioning as it should be. The skin cells pile up on the surface and that is where baceria can thrive which may cause acne.


3. Hydrate internally.

If you want to help your skin get back to its normal state, acne treatment and hydration are essential.

You need to drink at least 8 full glasses of water every day apart from your skin care products.

You also have to take vitamins B3, E, A and C as these vitamins can assist in skin moisture and provide antioxidant properties.

(You can take the generic vitamins like what Kirkland offers or a multi-vitamin capsule, all-in-one.

How to Eliminate Acne on Dry Skin

You still need to clean your face even if your skin is super dry. A regimen is necessary and this includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. This has to be a daily routine – morning and night. What products are suitable for those with acne and dry skin combined? Your acne treatment must be for dry skin only. It is also advisable to use organic products.


Here is a sample organic regimen for dry skin.

Cleanser – Bee Wash

Lovely Sofia’s Bee Wash contains Honey and Witch Hazel.

Honey is known to be a moisturizer and antibacterial at the same time. Witch Hazel, on the other hand, removes skin impurities which your dry skin also needs.

Note: Not all products with Witch Hazel is safe for dry skin. It has to be alcohol-free Witch Hazel or else, it will dry your skin more. Read the label of your acne treatment products before purchasing.


Toner – Pink Toner

Lovely Sofia’s Pink Toner contains Glycerin, Lactic Acid and Witch Hazel.

Glycerin locks the moisture and it promotes cell repair. It can help with pimples and acne because it protects the skin from bacteria and all the dead cells which clog the pores are broken down by Glycerin.

Lactic Acid acts as an exfoliant. It is a milder AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid which works to lighten age spots and blemishes – skin becomes fairer and more radiant. Dead skin cells are stripped off by Lactic Acid and with that, new skin cells are formed.


Moisturizer – Argan Oil

Lovely Sofia’s Argan Oil, a worthy addition to your acne treatment list, is 100% pure from the kernels of the Argan Tree in Morocco.

Argan Oil contains Sterolins that helps in metabolizing the skin cells properly. It makes the skin so smooth because of its unsaturated fatty acids. Also, moisture is retained longer in the skin if you use Argan Oil. It also promotes the healthy sebum production of the skin and this eliminates clogging which then becomes acne. Scars are also fast fading, thanks to the Argan Oil because of its antioxidant property.

These three products are best for people with dry skin and acne combined. At night, this acne treatment routine must be done as follows: cleanser, toner and moisturizer. In the morning, the routine is like this: cleanser, toner, sunblock with SPF and moisturizer (cream-base is better).

Remember: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize PLUS Everything in Between


I also read that if you have dry skin, it is better to use a product with Salicylic Acid instead of Benzoyl Peroxide. The latter is, as we all know, the Harry Potter of zits for oily skin. Salicylic Acid is recommended for those with dry skin because of its lower concentration; it keeps acne from building up. It also has a soothing effect because of its anti-inflammatory characteristic. Look for this ingredient in your acne treatment if you have dry skin.


Uptown Cosmeceutical’s Anti-Acne Serum caught my eye.

It has 2% Salicylic Acid. It has Glycerin. This anti acne serum contains Evermat™ - it regulates the function of the sebaceous glands and minimizes pores. It also has antimicrobial properties that aid in the healing of skin with acne and pimples. Ingredients also include Lemongrass Oil which detoxifies and invigorates the skin. This also functions to remove acne growth.


I have not used Uptown Cosmeceutical’s Anti-Acne Serum and I have oily skin. But I am very interested in using this acne treatment and the fact that it is a serum, it is a moisturizer and at the same time an acne removing product. The list of ingredients on Uptown Cosmeceuticals Anti-Acne Serum is impressive and it proves to be organic which I really like.

Acne-Prone Face or Not, You Are Beautiful!


At the end of the day, you are the one responsible for your happiness. Do not let anyone make you feel bad because you have acne and dry skin. Beauty is what is in the heart and not just your face and body.


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