This might start off as a rant. I have dry, acne prone skin and trying to find advice for how to care for it is a real pain! Sales people try to sell me light moisturizers when clearly my skin is flaking and needs something stronger. Looking for advice, I frequently hear that my skin is actually oily and the acne treatment is drying it out. Well, yeah, that’s probably true, but since I’m not going to stop my acne treatment, not very helpful. Anyway, before I get too carried away, here is a list of the best tips I’ve heard for hydrating dry, acne prone skin.
Find a Good Moisturizer: This is the kind of tip that is easier said than done. Light moisturizers may leave skin flaky and heavy cream moisturizers can cause skin to break out more. Look for moisturizers that are oil free. Gel moisturizers are a great option. I recommend Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel if your skin is only slightly dry. There are also moisturizers specially formulated for acne prone skin, but be diligent about reading the ingredients. Some of these contain salicylic acid, which might not be for you if your acne routine is working and your skin is very dry.
And Wait to Moisturize: I said this before in my Say Goodbye to Acne (Tips and Tricks) post, but you should wait 20-30 minutes after applying your acne cream to apply moisturizer. This lets the acne treatment soak in and not get diluted with the moisturizer.
But Get Those Eyes and Lips Done Now: As much as I stress waiting to moisturize, don’t wait to use your eye creams and lip balms as these areas are particularly sensitive, in need of hydration, and not very likely to break out.
Wash Your Face in Lukewarm Water: Piping hot water can dry skin out even more.
Invest in a Humidifier: These lovely creations put moisture back in the air, which is essential in winter months. A humidifier won’t replace a good moisturizer, but it sure can give skin a boost.
Wash Your Pillow Cases Every Week: You might do this anyway, but it is especially important for dry, acne prone skin. Skin sheds off your skin as you sleep on to your pillowcase. It might not be noticeable, but the skin flakes you aren’t noticing could be hanging out on your pillow ready to clog your pores, if you don’t switch your pillowcases regularly.
And that’s it for my tips? Anything I missed? Any tricks you do that could help? I’d love to hear. Sound off below.