Yes, eventually dry irritated skin can cause
acne breakouts. Reason being, your skin will
start to produce more oil/sebum as a means
to lubricate/moisturize/protect itself so
that this doesn't happen again.
Moisturizing will help, but you must be sure
not to use anything that will clog your pores.
Also, apply in very thin layers - do not glob
it on your skin. Be weary of mineral oil and
petrochemicals that don't penetrate your skin.
Some people have used organic jojoba oil to
alleviate this problem and help get the skin
back to normal. Jojoba Oil will not clog your
pores and it will absorb fairly quickly. It is
is an excellent mositurizer (and all natural).
Buy organic/cold pressed oils only.
Thank you so much for your reply!! I have never heard of Jojoba oil and have ALWAYS steered clear of ANYTHING with OIL in the name!! Can I get this at the health store or a department store??
I appreciate your telling me about it! At this point I am drinkin about 1 1/2 gal of water per day but the meds are making me dry. Maybe the dry skin has been the problem all along? I thought the spiro wasn't working for me! Thanks again!
Laur, let me know if you try the Jojoba oil. I've been tempted to try it a few times but chicken out every time. I have read conflicting information on it and since my skin is so sensitive I'm scared to try it. I know my skin looks its worse when its the driest. My acne is always worse during the winter. Its very hard to treat acne when you have naturally dry skin.
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.
I'm not too sure about the Jojoba oil being great for skin. It is comedogenic to some degree. I also asked my dermatologist if dry skin is related to acne. She said absolutely not. She said dry skin actually absorbs topical agents or topical medication better than oily skin. The majority of people with acne have oily skin. That doesn't mean people with dry skin won't break out,but it's usually much less severe and happens less often. If your skin is dry, you may want to give an AHA lotion a shot. AHA= Alpha hydroxy, works great for dry skin. It helps exfoliate dry skin on the surface and evens out skin tone. Just make sure you buy one that won't clog pores. hope this helps <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">