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Dry Skin and Acne? They can co-exist. What to use?

Skin that is blemish-prone and dry? Yes, it can happen! Learn more about what you can do to deal with this skin type, from products to treatments.

Dry skin and acne: why?

If you've read our previous blog post, Dry Skin vs Dehydrated Skin: How to Fix it? you'll know there is a difference with dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a result of a lack of sebaceous glands from within the skin. We can't change that, but our skin produces sebum to maintain the skin's natural moisture. 

Why dry skin can sometimes co-exist with acne

Acne is characterized by the appearance of pimples and lesions on the skin. It usually develops during puberty, when hormonal imbalances cause oil glands to produce excess sebum. Dry skin is a condition that is caused by lack of oil in the skin's outermost layer. The lack of oil makes the individual vulnerable to damage from sun exposure and other outside factors.

How to take care of both dry and oily skin while suffering from acne

For starters, it is important to avoid washing your face with hot water. Hot water dries out the skin and makes acne even worse. Wash your face twice a day to remove makeup and oil, but use cold or lukewarm water. It's also beneficial to use an oil cleanser like the Amor Hydrating Cleansing oil. You’ve heard the saying oil and water do not mix, but oil and oil attract and that’s what makes using an oil cleanser so great. Oil will not strip any excess oil from the skin and will leave behind what it needs while clearing out excess. It will pull the excess oil from the areas of the skin that is needed. Amor is like magic however when water and the oil meet, it emulsifies to wash it away without stripping the skin.

What products can help you when you have both dry and oily skin


It's possible to have both dry and acne prone skin. It can be a challenge to find products that work for you. If you're experiencing both conditions, tackling the lack of moisture in the dry skin first is most important.

3D Dew Drops

The 3D Dew Drops can hydrate the deeper layers of the epidermis by offering moisture deep in the skin. The areas that are acne prone also need hydration and it’s better to keep the skin balanced by offering hydration than having over active sebum production. With our 2% serum you will reap the benefits of feeling moisturized deep within the skin as well as topically. 

Vitamin C20 Serum

The Vital C serum contains a 20% variant of vitamin c of sodium ascorbyl phosphate that works wonders on acne. Using Vitamin C as an active directly over the blemishes will helps to diminish the bacteria and regulate sebum production to keep it balanced.

Facial Creams

Moisturizers act as a barrier to protect the surface of the skin. Moisturizers can also reduce itching, scaling, redness, and improve healing time especially when the moisturizer is applied directly over the affected area. Ensuring your acne skin is hydrated and moisturized is key to balancing skins sebum production.

Facial Oils

Yes you heard that correctly. You can use a facial oil with dry skin and acne and it’s highly recommended. Controlling sebum production is key so adding a drop or two of facial oil over the blemishes will ensure that the hydration you just added with your serums and your moisturizer is locked in place and is not prone to trans-epidermal water loss. Think of it like a rain coat in the rain. It’s a protective layer.


Don't be afraid of using oils with dry skin and acne. They can assist with controlling sebum production and balance the skins needs. Oil cleansers, oil based moisturizers and facial oils all play an important role with dry skin and acne. Just make sure you are always always using products on damp skin. 




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