How to Treat Dry Skin and Acne

Usually the acne appears on oily skins, since it is caused by a release exaggerated sebum by the sebaceous glands, leading to proliferation of bacteria which leads to inflammation of the hair follicles.

In some cases, people who have acne may experience dry skin, having a hard time finding products that satisfy the need of hydration and treatment of acne pimples.

It is normal to have acne with dry skin?

Some people who feel the dry skin may also have acne, but generally these cases are dehydrated skins, which is something that is very common in oily skins, which may have oiliness and shine but have a lack of water.

Dehydrated skin

Oily skins have a tendency to become dehydrated due to excessive loss of water through the large pores, which are very characteristic of oily skins, and the excess production of sebum, which is a factor that hinders the hydration. In addition, people with oily skin use products that too abrasive that remove the natural oils protecting the skin.

Dehydration is often confused with dry skin, because it causes similar symptoms. However, while a dry skin is a skin that produces an insufficient amount of natural oils, being a skin malnourished, dehydrated skin has an insufficient amount of water, but it can produce sebum in excess, which leads to the development of acne.

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So, when people who have acne feel dryness on the skin, usually the this means that you have dehydrated skin, with lack of water, which is confused with a skin malnourished, lacking fat, the so-called dry skin.

Dry skin

Either way, if the dry skin is not treated well and if they are used in soaps are very aggressive, can be fragile and susceptible to entry of bacteria and chemicals that lead to a change in the function of the skin barrier and activation of the immune response, occurring inflammation and the formation of the call pimples. Furthermore, it can also appear due to the clogging of the pores, which can be caused by excess use of cosmetic products.

Mixed skin

In addition, dry skin can also be an oily skin, which is known for mixed skin. This type of skin is usually oily on the T-zone, which is the region of the forehead, chin and nose and is dry in the rest of the face. Thus, a mixed skin you can have acne in the T-zone due to the excess production of sebum, but keep dry in the cheeks, for example.

How to treat this problem

The ideal is to evaluate case by case what can be done with the help of a dermatologist because the treatment will depend on the type of skin.

1. Dehydrated skin with acne

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Before you choose the appropriate products to this situation, it is important to know that dehydrated skin is a skin that needs water and ingredients that retain water in the skin. However, these products can not have much amount of oils in the formulation, so as not to worsen acne.

Thus, the ideal is to opt for a product for washing face, one that respects the physiology of skin, such as facial cleansing gel Effaclar from La Roche Posay or water casein Sebium from Bioderma and a product of hydration with or without action mattifying, as the emulsion Sebium Global Bioderma or the hydrating facial anti-oiliness Effaclar Mat, which should be used daily, morning and evening.

In addition, you should do this scrub about 2 times a week and a purifying mask and a hydrating mask about once a week. You can also use a solution that is applied locally on the pimples in the form of a bat and a serum for dehydrated skins of Skinceuticals or of Avène, for example, which is applied daily before moisturizing.

If the spots are inflamed, they should avoid exfoliants, physical, which are those that have small beads or sand in the composition, so as not to worsen the inflammation and opt for exfoliants chemicals that have alpha hydroxy acids in the composition, as is the case of the Sébium Pore Refiner from Bioderma.

If the person use makeup, you should choose always a free base oils, which generally contains a label with the indication “oil-free”.

2. Mixed skin with acne

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The skin mixed with acne needs to be nourished and hydrated, which is difficult to achieve with just one product, because this product gives oil to the skin, worsening the acne, or make in insufficient amount, leaving the skin more dry.

What you can do is to opt for a product wash that respects the physiology of skin as the cleansing gel from Clinique or water casein Sensibio H2O from Bioderma and insist more on the T-zone, to remove the oil in excess, and choose a moisturizing cream whose label has the indication for skins mixed, which is generally available in all brands.

In addition, the exfoliation can be done in the same way that in the dehydrated skins and the purifying mask can be applied only in the zone T. In cases where these measures are not sufficient, you can apply a moisturizer anti acne in the T-zone and another different in the rest of the face that nourishes the skin, such as moisturizing cream Hidrance Aeroposition, the Avène.

If the person use makeup, you should choose always a free base oils, which generally contains a label with the indication “oil-free”.

3. Dry skin with pimples

In situations in which the person is in fact dry skin and to appear some pimples, products to use are a gel or a cleansing cream for dry skin, as the water to casein Sensibio H2O from Bioderma or cleansing foam Pureté Thermale, Vichy and a cream and also for dry skin, as the moisturizing cream Hidrance Aeroposition, the Avène or the cream Sensibio from Bioderma, for example. Also see a homemade solution for dry skin.

The pimples can be treated with the application of a product locally, as a lotion in the form of a bat, as the bat secativo of Zeroak or Natupele, for example.

For all cases, it is very important to remove makeup before sleep, because it is during the night that the skin is regenerated, so it is necessary to remove all the chemicals and pollutants that our skin accumulates throughout the day.