Acne - dry out or moisturize

I'm always confused if it is better to dry out acne or keep it hydrated.  Does it matter more what type of skin you have or is there a proper way to tackle breakouts?


F, 42, New Jersey

Tags:woman age 35-44 breakout moisturizer

What type of skin you have matters more. If your skin is oily, then stay away from moisturizing. If your skin is dry, don't go on making it drier. There are people who have combination skin. If you have combination skin, you are going to have to keep track of what is happening to your skin. If it is becoming dry, moisturize it. If it is becoming oily, stop moisturizing. I think the best treatments for acne are the natural ones: cleanliness, sleep, and nutrition. A good night's sleep makes the skin healthy, so does a good diet that consists of vegetables and fruits. Sleep and diet take time to produce results, though, so here's where to start:

Use an effective cleanser, then moisturize a bit. Acne is caused by germs, so cleanliness is a priority.

Dry skin is unhealthy skin. You should always properly moisturize your skin. With acne, you have to make sure you use a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Most acne treatments tend to dry out the skin, so using them in combination with a moisturizer is imperative to healthy skin. Finally, there are several topical retinoids that actually recommend their medication be applied in conjunction with a moisturizer for improved penetration. 

From my understanding, drying out your skin too much can make your breakouts even worse. When I was younger I had very oily skin and felt the need to constantly remove oil from my face. Unfortunately, this didn't help with the breakouts. The most amazing treatment for acne that I personally did was accutane. Accutane, in my opinion, is a miracle drug. I had zero side effects and my acne never came back. Now I use moisturizer to protect my skin from sun and prevent aging. 

Drinking lots of water, exfoliating at least twice a week, wash your face morning and night, you definitely do not want to go to bed with make-up on, it will clog your pores.  Also, your phone carries lots of germs, throughout the day it is exposed to a lot of bacteria, it is important to keep it clean to keep from the bacteria getting on your face.  Hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes are good to use.


Hope this helps!