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  • Writer's pictureJayda Berhorst

Are You Over-Drying Your Skin?

Updated: May 16, 2023

We all love to have a fresh clean face, and one of the steps we take to achieve this is by washing the oils from our faces. But did you know that over-drying your skin can do more harm than good?

Over-drying your skin with harsh products can strip away the protective oils that are naturally present on your skin, making it more vulnerable to damage from external factors like pollution, sun damage, and harsh chemicals. This can lead to skin irritation, inflammation, redness, blemishes, and can even cause premature aging.

When we over-dry our skin, we are also making it harder for our moisturizers and other skin care products to penetrate deeply into the skin. This means that the benefits of these products are limited to only the surface layer of the skin and are not reaching the deeper layers where they are needed the most.

Additionally, over drying your skin can actually lead to more acne. To combat dryness, it's our body's natural response to produce even more oil. When you over-dry your skin, it causes your oil glands to go into overdrive, as they work to replace the moisture that was lost. This results in an excess production of sebum (oil), which can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

When your skin is dry, it's also more susceptible to developing micro-tears and cracks, which can serve as entry pints for bacteria and other impurities that can cause acne.

**People with acne-prone skin may use acne products with harsh ingredients, and scrubs or exfoliants to try and get rid of their blemishes. However, overusing these products can strip away too much of your skin's natural oils, leading to over-drying and even more acne breakouts.

It's important to strike a balance between using products that target acne and keeping your skin hydrated. If you have acne prone skin and use drying skin care products, here are a few tips for keeping your skin hydrated:

  • Balance your skin care products - Add some moisturizing products to your overly drying skin care routine.

  • Avoid harsh soaps and hot water - this will help prevent inflammation.

  • Try not to scrub your skin too hard when cleaning it and avoid using a rough towel to dry your face. - We don't want to create scratches in the skin that bacteria can sneak into.

  • Instead of completely drying off your skin after washing it, gently pat your face with a soft towel until it's just slightly damp. This will help lock in moisture and ensure that your skin stays hydrated.

  • Make sure you're using a good moisturizer that isn't secretly drying - if you're already using other drying, acne-based products avoid moisturizers with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Be sure to apply your moisturizer on damp skin and let it absorb fully before applying makeup or any other products.

  • Consider your environment. If you live in a dry climate or frequently expose your skin to harsh weather conditions, it's imperative that you take extra care to keep your skin hydrated. Using a humidifier in your home can also help add moisture to the air and prevent over-drying of your skin.

In conclusion, keeping your skin well-hydrated is essential to maintaining good skin health and preventing acne breakouts. By being gentle with your skin, avoiding harsh scrubbing and exfoliating, and using a balanced skin care regimen, you can keep your skin looking healthy, glowing, and free from blemishes.

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