Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It's caused by clogged pores, which are often triggered by hormones, stress, and genetics.
One of the most popular skincare myths is only people with oily skin get acne. Although there's some truth behind it, the build-up of oil does cause breakouts, but people of all skin types experience acne.
Dealing with acne on dry skin can be challenging. This is because many products that manage acne are formulated to dry up acne. This is further complicated by the fact that increasing the skin’s dryness can cause further irritation and lead to worsened breakouts
However, it is possible to manage acne with dry skin. Here are our tips.
Streamline your skincare routine.
A complex routine means there is more opportunity for further irritation. If it's not doing anything for you, you can ditch it.
The last thing you need to do is use a harsh, stripping cleanser. Gentle hydrating cleansers are a great way to remove dirt yet keep your moisture barrier intact. We love our Ultra Restore Cleanser which removes dirt while keeping your skin plump and refreshed. Our Clear Fight Cleanser is also a good choice with salicylic acid, ceramides and chamomile.
Drop the big gun
Glycolic acid is a powerful exfoliant that can be drying. Try Salicylic acid instead, it's equally exfoliating and will penetrate your pores to unclog the dirt. We suggest going with our Clear Fight Serum which contains hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate while delivering effective exfoliation
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate
Hydrate. That's exactly what dry skin needs and don't be scared of face oils. Layer on the hydration with our Peptide Quench Serum with Hyaluronic acid and 12 to plump and hydrate skin. Take a pick from our Peptide Quench Moisturizer with 3 peptides, aloe vera and glycerin or our Clear Fight Moisturizer with salicylic acid, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Seal that in with our Ultra Restore Dry Oil, formulated as not tacky and non-comedogenic (won't clog your pores).
Easy on the retinol
Retinol is incredible for managing breakouts but it can also be very irritating. If you’d like to introduce it into your skincare routine, consider a retinol serum with a low percentage -1% a good place to start. Use once a week till your skin has built a tolerance. We recommend 10-12 weeks before increasing retinol use
Consider seeing a dermatologist
If you are struggling to manage moderate or severe acne with dry skin you may need to see a dermatologist who can prescribe oral medication.