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How To Treat Acne With Dry Skin (part 1)

How To Treat Acne With Dry Skin (part 1)

I recently asked our lovely Freyaluna Family what skin issues they’re currently facing (no pun intended) and this is something that was mentioned a lot. I received questions like…

“Is it common to alternate between dryness and breakouts? I feel like a teen but with more wrinkles!”


“I have oily skin and suffer from breakouts of spots, yet recently have also been suffering with dry skin. How does that even work?!!”

Noticing a strong theme, here I am to address this topic. And actually, it’s one where I have personal experience.

I know we’re led to believe that acne can only occur on oily skin, but that’s not the case at all. So firstly let me tell you that this is very common and “normal”.

As an aside before we get into it, I want to make a note that these are not teenagers I have been hearing from, but adult women, many of whom are currently going through peri-menopause or menopause. So though some of what I’m sharing here can be helpful to teens, that’s not who I’m specifically talking to here.

I’m starting with skincare, here (cos, ya know, that’s my jam), and will move on to other considerations in future articles.

Six amber glass bottles of various products from our Clarifying Facial Collection on a pale background

Skincare for acne

Are you using facial washes, cleansing wipes, or other products known for having a drying effect on the skin? Or are you using products from the ‘big names’ when it comes to healing your acne?

⁠The sad thing is that many well-known skincare products for acne and spot-prone skin are formulated to ‘dry out’ the spot/acne.⁠ ⁠This can be beneficial in some cases but certainly not for everyone. If you’re naturally prone to dryness in your skin then this drying effect will obviously only exacerbate that.⁠

Our Clarifying Facial Collection takes this into account and contains ingredients which will soothe and reduce breakouts, help to regulate oil levels in our skin, while also being gentle and nourishing.⁠ ⁠I honestly wouldn’t use anything else.⁠

I know trying any new skincare product or range can be a leap of faith, that’s why we’ve created our Clarifying Discovery Kit.

Skincare for dry skin

On the flip-side of what I’ve just said, using products with rich ingredients in an attempt to combat dry skin can also cause problems.

Many of the richer ingredients can feel ‘heavy’ to those with acne-prone skin and this can lead to comedogenic acne breakouts. This means that these ingredients and products can block pores and worsen acne.

Something that I’ve found to work well for me is adding our Intensive Hydration Serum (which contains an array of beautiful botanically active and nourishing ingredients) into my evening skin ritual for an added boost to dry skin. Using this product sparingly and in targeted areas (rather than all over my face) brings me many benefits without causing any acne problems.

Another alternative is to swap your daily Facial Moisturiser for our Clarifying Facial Oil. Without the water element of a cream, Facial Oils offer more nourishment than a Moisturiser.

And as a last little tip, be sure to keep a Beauty Balm with you at all times as these little tins are so easy to slip in your pocket or handbag, and are great for adding a moisture surge any time you notice a dry patch emerging throughout the day.

In conclusion

It may look like I’ve separated these two skin types/issues out and addressed them individually, and in a way I have. But it all fits nicely together because the products we create for acne and spot-prone skin are formulated differently to most acne-targeted products. They work with your skin and ALL of its processes, rather than simply targeting the spots.

Because of this, our Clarifying Facial Collection will help to reduce dryness will also helping to heal and prevent breakouts.

Of course, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are other things to take into consideration when it comes to any skin situation, and there are certainly more things than skincare products which will be affecting the women who asked me about dry skin and acne. And I will address some of those in a future article.