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So you're a dry-skinned gal who has acne, too. Doesn't seem fair, huh? Hey, at least you know you're not alone. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, about eight out of every 10 girls suffer from acne outbreaks. That news may be a bit comforting, but you still want to clear up the acne you have. The most important thing is that you do it without drying out your skin even more. With the right skin care products and techniques, you can clear up your acne and get clear, beautiful skin.
Check your facial cleanser. Most women have a facial cleanser they swear by, but yours could be causing breakouts and drying out your skin. Typically, the more chemicals in a cleansing formula, the more it's going to dry out your skin. Instead, opt for a cleanser with natural, soothing, nourishing ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera. As a dry-skinned gal with acne, you need a gentle cleanser or creamy wash with mild detergent that cleans your skin but doesn't strip it of its natural oils.
Choose your moisturizer wisely, and don't overdo it. The first thing many girlies with dry skin do is pour on the moisturizer, thinking this is going to solve their problem. Actually, it can end up turning around on you and causing you even more breakouts and stress. Stick with a light, cream-based moisturizer with sunscreen that is specially formulated for your dry, tight skin, and only use it right after washing your face to help seal in moisture.
Put a dab of tea tree oil on your pimples before going to bed at night. Tea tree oil is a natural ingredient which is gentle on dry skin and works well as a spot treatment so you can use it only where you need it. It helps reduce bacteria and inflammation on the skin without causing redness or irritation.
Use aloe vera to help clear up acne scarring. Aloe vera is one of the best natural ingredients that works for this, and it's also incredibly moisturizing and nourishing to skin. Although you can buy aloe vera juice, for the best results, cut off a piece of an actual aloe vera plant -- these are great to have around the home for a variety of ailments -- cut the piece in half, and rub the inner side of one piece in a circular motion around on your face.
Although your diet is not the only cause of your acne, it is important to watch what you eat if you suffer from outbreaks. Avoid eating foods with a high glycemic index -- foods which are full of sugar, so pass on those donuts and chocolate bars -- and stick to low-fat meats, nuts, fruits and vegetables to avoid breakouts and skin irritation.
If your acne persists and causes major skin irritation, visit your dermatologist for a consult.