Why Do Breakouts Occur on Dry Skin?


If you have combination skin, it is common for you to get more breakouts on the dry parts of your face rather than the oily parts of your face.

This is due to two factors: a weak lipid barrier and dead skin buildup.

Your lipid barrier serves an important function to shield out pollutants and environmental stressors. If this barrier is weak, your skin is easily irritated and breakouts occur more frequently.

Over 50% of the Clearly Basics' user base has sensitive or combination acne-prone skin. You have a good shot at getting to clear skin if you follow our recommendations:

Invest in a Good Moisturizer

Clearly's Protective Moisturizer is loaded with peptides (amino acid building blocks) that help to repair your skin. This formulation does not clog your pores and has helped many with sensitive acne-prone skin.

You can use this formulation both day and night. The Protective Moisturizer is designed to be light so that it can sit well under makeup.

Most users with sensitive skin do well with just the Protective Moisturizer at night and then a high-quality sunblock which doubles as a moisturizer during the day.

However, if you need a heavier moisturizer at night, look for a product that contains ceramides. Cetaphil and Cerave both make good ceramide-based moisturizers

For very dry skin, use Protective Moisturizer during the day for a peptide boost. Finish off the evening with the heavy moisturizer that contains ceramides.

Spot Test

If you worry that a new moisturizer will cause breakouts, test the product in an inconspicuous area for two weeks to see if it causes breakouts.

The skin on your neck and chest are most similar to the skin on your face. The skin in these areas are thin and they have a high density of sebaceous glands (to test if a product causes breakouts).

Other parts of your body has skin that is as thin as the skin on your face (like the wrist) but there are very few sebaceous glands so this is not a good area to test whether a product will cause breakouts.

Introduce Products Gradually

The Protective Moisturizer on its own will not stop breakouts but pimples don't stand a chance if you pair the Protective Moisturizer with Clear Out,

The Protective Moisturizer will repair and strengthen your lipid barrier while Clear Out will flush out the dead skin and clogs. The two formulations were designed to work together on sensitive acne-prone skin.

If you have very sensitive skin, apply Clear Out every third night. As your skin adjusts to the product, you can gradually “step up” by applying more frequently. Eventually, you will be able to use the Clear Out every evening without any issues.

To further dilute the strength of Clear Out, apply the Protective Moisturizer first before applying Clear Out.

Be conscious applying actives around your eyes, your nose and your mouth. It is very common for users to leave excess product on the base/crevice of the nose which will lead to irritation/itchiness.

Choose the Right Cleanser

It is a common misconception that acne is an issue of cleanliness so many people get a cleanser that is too strong for their skin.

A harsh cleanser will weaken your lipid barrier and overstrip oils from your skin. This forces your skin into overdrive to produce more oil (thereby leading to more acne).

Opt for a gentle cleanser and if you have days that you are particularly oily, spend more time working the cleanser.

The same goes true with makeup. If you spend double the amount of time working in your cleanser in the evenings, you will be surprised at how effective a gentle cleanser is at removing makeup.

Keep it Simple!

As the Protective Moisturizer and Clear Out each contain three active ingredients (six in total), you should keep your night time routine simple. However, if you want to introduce other actives, make sure to ease into it slowly, giving your skin time to adapt to the changes.

Make sure that your new product does not contain fragrance or colorants … these should be avoided in any leave-on product.

You know you’ve reached adulthood when the sweet smell of NOTHING in your skincare makes your heart glad.

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Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.

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