How to Best Treat Acne When You Have Dry Skin

Acne is a broad term for facial blemishes, such as:

  • whiteheads
  • blackheads
  • pimples

Acne is often associated with oily skin. Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum. Sebum is a natural skin oil that lubricates and protects the skin. Too much can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Even though oily skin and acne often go hand in hand, acne can also occur with dry skin.

Anything that clogs your pores can cause breakouts. And while sebum is a common culprit, it’s not the only one.

Here’s what you need to know about dry skin and acne, and what you can do to fight breakouts.

Sensitive skin and acne

A regular skin care routine is one of the best defenses for fighting acne and dry skin. But if you have sensitive skin, you’ll need to choose your skin care products carefully.

Sensitive skin is more likely to react negatively to harsh skin care products.

To deal with acne and dryness, choose products that won’t further irritate your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, so a product that works for one person might not work for you.

For the most part, avoid heavy skin care products. This includes oil-based lotions, moisturizers, and sunscreens. They can leave behind residue that clogs pores. Find oil-free, noncomedogenic products. This is true for anyone with acne.

Be mindful that products containing alcohol, dyes, and fragrances may be irritating to some people.

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