How Dry Skin Affects Acne

Why Drying Out Your Skin Isn’t An Effective Acne Treatment

Many people assume that because acne is caused by excess oil, the way to stop it is to dry out the skin. After all, if there’s no oil there to cause an acne breakout, the acne problem will just go away, right? Wrong! This is one of the most harmful acne myths out there. Drying out your skin won’t only NOT get rid of your acne, it can actually make it worse.

Oil Isn’t The Only Issue

Yes, excess oil can cause blemishes; however, excess oil is not the only thing that causes acne. A blemish starts with a clogged pore, and believe it or not, drying out your skin can cause more clogged pores than you had to begin with.

Dry Skin: Public Enemy Number One

When you dry out your skin, it becomes flakey and skin cells start sloughing off. These skin cells can clog your pores, causing even more acne blemishes than you had in the first place. If you want to prevent acne, you need to keep your skin moisturized.

Which brings us to another acne myth… Moisturizer is NOT your enemy. Tomorrow we’ll discuss why moisturizer is actually helpful and not harmful when it comes to fighting acne.

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