Acne-prone skin can be "regular", "oily", "dry" or a combination of these three. The most difficult skin type to treat is dry acne-prone skin. This type of skin is more sensitive and gets easily irritated by anti-acne cleansers and gels.
These few tips below can help you treat your acne-prone dry skin:
1. Use an extra gentle acne cleanser or soap-free skin cleansers. Regular acne cleansers and antibacterial soaps can dry up your skin.
2. Do not use alcohol-based toning solutions.
3. Avoid alcohol-based moisturizers!
4. If you use benzoyl peroxide - choose only the milder 2.5% gel.
5. Wait 10 minutes after washing your face before applying your anti-acne gel. Applying your anti-acne cream or gel on the humid skin will cause your skin to absorb the gel faster. This will increase the risk of irritation.
6. Avoid exfoliators gels and scrubs! They’ll only irritate your skin.
7. Avoid long, hot showers or baths. Short showers with warm (not hot) water are better for your skin.
8. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Even in winter when you are not sweating.
9. If your skin is very dry and red apply your anti-acne night gel every other day.
If your skin accommodates to this gel, you may increase the frequency.
10. Apply a bit of moisturizer before your anti-acne gel. This will dilute your gel and decrease skin irritation.