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Acne & Itching

author image Brenda Barron
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.
Acne & Itching
You can put a stop to itchy acne. Photo Credit face image by Robert Calvillo from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Itchy acne can be difficult to deal with. Not only has your skin broken out in blemishes, but the skin is tight, red and itchy, meaning you'll likely scratch at it and spread the infection. And while treatments are available, many standard acne skin-care products dry out the skin, which could worsen your problem. But there are solutions for your dry and itchy acne.


Acne is a skin condition caused by clogged pores. When the skin produces too much oil and you have an accumulation of dead cells on the surface, the oil can trap the dead skin in your pores and clog it. When bacteria is introduced, a blemish can form. Those with itchy acne tend to have dry skin, which can flake and clog pores even further.


The most obvious symptom of itchy acne is itching, of course. However, that's not the only sign of this condition. The itchy blemishes often go hand in hand with redness, inflammation and even peeling or flaking skin, which can make the application of acne treatments and makeup more difficult.

Products May Be to Blame

Even those who do not have naturally dry skin can suffer from itchy acne. This is due to the fact that many acne-treatment products zap oil out of the skin and leave it so taut that it can crack, peel and become inflamed. Skin irritants such as dyes, fragrances, parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate should be avoided in facial cleansers. Avoid toners that contain alcohol, and only use treatments once a day if itching persists.


According to AcneNet, you can treat your acne in a variety of ways. Topical products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are the most common. Both of these ingredients work to either reduce oil or to encourage the sloughing off of dead skin cells. Dry skin tends to accumulate dead skin cells faster, so ensuring that your face is exfoliated should reduce your breakouts. Apply a water-based toner to further remove dirt from your pores and apply an oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated without re-clogging your pores.


There are some ways you can prevent itchy acne. For instance, wash your skin with warm water instead of hot water, which can make itching worse. Use products that are only as strong as you need them to be. If strong acne treatments must be used, the American Skin Association recommends you follow treatment with an oil-free moisturizer. Avoid basking in the sun, and if you go outside, wear an oil-free sunscreen to prevent your skin from drying out, causing any breakouts you may have to itch.

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