Acne Health and Dry Skin
If you believe that only people with oily skin suffer from acne, then you're gravely misinformed. Although it is true that oily skin types are more prone to acne, people with dry skin can also suffer from repeated acne breakouts. But, how can you deal with dry skin and acne when most acne products cause irritation?
First of all, dry skin can flake and crack allowing acne bacteria to enter the skin. The use of harsh products can make your skin even drier, so if you want to keep your acne under control, you have to keep your skin moisturized.
Your daily cleansing routine should be modified to include the following steps:
Step One: Cleanse with Oil
Because dry skin can be sensitive to soapy cleansers, you should try using oil instead. You may think that using oil can actually promote more acne breakouts, but it's the complete opposite. It all depends on finding the right type of oil. In this case, if you look for a natural acne remedy that is a non-comedogenic oil then you'll have great results.
Here is a simple home acne remedy you might want to try. Combine 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply and massage for 2 to 3 minutes.
To remove, apply a warm, moist washcloth on your face for a few minutes. Once the cloth has cooled, simply wipe the oil from your skin.
Step Two: Treat Acne with Tea Tree oil
One of the most common acne creams on the market is Benzoyl peroxide. Nevertheless, it can be very irritating to dry skin. Tea tree oil is an effective and gentler substitute for benzoyl peroxide.
This product can be found in cream form or in oil form. You can purchase it at a health food store or online.
To use it, you simply soak a cotton ball in water and add 3 to 4 drops of tea tree oil to the ball. Apply the diluted oil on the areas where your skin is most prone to acne breakouts. The oil is usually diluted to avoid any negative reactions, but once your skin becomes accustomed to the oil, it can be used without being diluted.
Step Three: Keep your Moisturizer at Hand
By using the right amount of moisturizer, the oils in your skin will balance out. This can be a big help in reducing the frequency of acne breakouts. Control the amount of oil you are applying to your face by using an oil-free, non comedogenic formula.
If you find that your skin dries out during the day, go ahead and apply more moisturizer. You needn't worry if you apply more moisturizing cream, dry skin is known to withstand being moisturized more than twice a day.
Other Ways of Treating Acne
You may choose to use traditional products designed for oily skin types. If this is the case, you should apply this type of product less often until your skin becomes accustomed to it, and follow-up with a thicker moisturizer.
Try a natural product such as BIOSKINCLEAR if you are looking for a gentle acne treatment that can help you deal with facial and/or back acne. This natural product is safe and can be used on all skin types to treat minor scars from acne.
Published January 12th, 2010
Filed in Health