[By Alicia Liu]
While it’s true that most women with acne have to deal with oily skin, it doesn’t mean that those with dry skin are immune to breakouts. In fact, lots of ladies with dry skin are prone to acne and it can be tricky to treat both issues without making one or the other worse. If you are battling similar skin woes, here are 5 skincare tips you might find useful, to help treat both dryness and prevent further acne from popping.
This is one common skincare mistake made by women with acne prone skin. Washing your face once too often especially with cleansers containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide will strip away your natural moisture, which is already lacking in those with dry skin. Instead of the twice a day standard recommendation, you should cut that back to once daily. Remove your makeup in the evening with a product specific for that purpose and simply rinse off with water to effectively remove any residual dirt or traces of cosmetics. Opt for a gentle cleanser with only pure, non-irritating ingredients in the morning, so that your skin is conditioned, balanced and calmed with continued use.
Protect against environmental insults
Whatever the season and wherever you stay, protecting your skin against the harsh elements of the weather cannot be overlooked. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancer over time. Even if they aren’t apparent immediately, the seeds of UV damage with long term dermatological repercussions are planted with every incident of unprotected exposure. Get round your fear of a sticky, non-breathable situation by choosing a non-comedogenic sunblock to prevent clogging your pores and causing acne. In addition, be sure to protect your skin from cold and wind which can further dehydrate your dry skin.
Don’t skip your moisturiser
It’s a surprisingly common misconception amongst women with acne that moisturisers tend to worsen their breakouts. When you’ve dry skin, moisturising it well cannot be over emphasized, more so if you’re having acne at the same time. If your skin remain inadequately hydrated with sub-optimal levels of moisture, skin’s sebum protection will be unwittingly pushed into overdrive with the propensity for further zits eruption and more blemishes. The trick here is to find a suitable moisturiser that’s tailored for acne prone skin. Quench dehydrated skin cells with pure encapsulated water found in Sloane Inc Aqualicious, a specially formulated non comedogenic deep dermal hydrator to instantly replenish cellular water without oiliness or shine. This is an oasis for all skin types requiring a water-break sans breakout and is nothing short of a skin savior for those with dry skin that’s prone to acne.
Go easy on anti acne lotions and creams
Most formulations that target acne tend to be drying to the skin so less is probably more especially when you’ve dry skin to begin with. Apply sparingly a small amount of product just enough to form a thin film over the area(s) that require treatment and avoid rubbing, a common habit many of us are guilty of in our overzealous attempt to get rid of the pesky spots. Another way to get round flakiness is to apply your oil free moisturiser before your anti-acne products or opt for spot treatment to avoid unaffected skin.
Seek professional help
The Clean & Clear Program aims to coax your skin back to normalcy without the hassle & side effects of oral medications. By combining sophisticated light technology of i-clear and LED red light, this is a fuss free structured program which targets bacteria and improves skin healing, cleaning and clearing out blemished skins sans painful extraction. When combined with the right skincare regime and products, you’ll be put on fast track to a flawless mien before the year ends!
* Selected as Article of the Month Nov 2016*‘