Acne Education #6 - Skincare Routine For Dry Skin


Back to the acne discussion today with a skincare regimen for dry skin. I use all these products personally. I don't know why but I feel like dry skin and sensitive skin go together - or maybe that's just in my case. Regardless, this skincare routine is also ideal for those of you with sensitive skin.

1. Cleanse - Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser (morning), Aveeno (night)
(Please note I have discontinued using the Thursday Plantation cleanser - over time it ended up being far too drying on my skin and subsequently began to break me out.) If I had published this post a couple months ago, it would have been Aveeno all the way, day and night. Forever. Unfortunately, this Aveeno cleanser is no longer being marketed in Australia and therefore no longer sold anywhere in the country - can you hear my heartbreaking? This is/was the most amazing cleanser for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and for removing any traces of makeup after my pre-cleanse, so I am absolutely devastated. Anyway, I ended up stocking up on a dozen bottles that Priceline were selling for under $5. I want to make this cleanser last as long as possible, so I wanted to find another cleanser that I could use in the morning while I keep Aveeno for night time. This way my 12 bottles should last me around two years. In the morning, I am now using Neutrogena's Extra Gentle Cleanser and I'm loving it. It leaves my normal-dry, sensitive skin feeling so calm, soft and moisturised - it feels like a cleanser and hydrating mask all in one. ($10.99 at Chemist Warehouse.)

2. Calm & Refresh - Avene Thermal Spray
If you have sensitive skin, you need this product in your life. Go to the shops right now and pick up a travel-sized one for your handbag and a 300mL can for the bathroom. Once you try this spray you won't now how you lived without it before. Not only will this help your moisturiser absorb better into your skin, any time your skin feels irritated, tingly or itchy, this will calm it down in seconds. ($19.99 at Chemist Warehouse.)

3. Hydrate - Biore Nourish Moisture Lotion
Is this the best moisturiser ever? I think so. I have been using this one for quite a while now. It has an SPF15 and a lot of other good stuff to help with healing the skin. I believe this moisturiser has also played a big role in fading my acne marks. Additionally, I use it as an overnight moisture mask by applying a thin layer to my face and washing it off in the morning - hello, soft skin! ($8.99 at Chemist Warehouse.)

4. Treat - Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Medicated Gel For Acne
Like the cleanser, I too used this quite a few years ago and didn't think much of it. This is quite drying but it definitely does the job of getting rid of zits as a spot treatment. Alternatively you can try benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, which I occasionally use as a spot treatment and all-over treatment mixed with moisturiser. ($10.99 at Chemist Warehouse.)

Remember to always gradually introduce new products to your skin. I do exfoliate or use scrubs or toners as part of my skincare regimen. I believe these do more harm than good - I've only ever had negative experiences with such products - and I don't think they are necessary for acne-prone and sensitive skin.

I hope you found this post helpful. Do let me know if you try any of these products and how you like them.

Part 1 - My Acne Journey
Part 2 - What Is Acne and Why Do We Get It?
Part 3 - What Is Your Skin Type?
Part 4 - My Top 10 Tips for Helping Acne
Part 5 - Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

NB: I am not a dermatologist or skin specialist. I do not claim to know everything about acne. This information is derived from websites, books and my own knowledge/experience with acne.