Re: Does dry skin cause acne / flare ups?
Hiya laur. I am an 'older' acne sufferer such as yourself (we aren't teens), and I also suffer from dry skin. Even the most gentle of cleansers (such as Purpose) dries my face out. I think for me it's a combination of sensitive skin, and hard water at home.
Not sure if dry skin CAUSES acne, but I can tell you this. Ever since my face HAS been dry (the last 18 months) due to me using special soaps, and washing twice a day, my acne HAS gotten worse. So for me, drying out my face has not helped stop my acne at ALL.
I see some pictures on the net of people with acne, and a lot of them have 'shiny' complexions, where it is noticeably oily. This is DEFINITELY not my skin, yet I still breakout. So I think being overly dry can be just as bad as oily.
We need to try and allow our skin to get back to a nice natural oiliness. I am trying to do this by only rinsing my face with water, and ONLY twice a day. Only been a few weeks, but my face doesn't get painfully dry anymore. Hopefully it gets better over time.