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Dry Skin & Whiteheads

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An award-winning blogger, Jessica Blue has been promoting sustainability, natural health and a do-it-yourself attitude since graduating University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Her work, seen in a wide variety of publications, advocates an environmentally-responsible and healthy lifestyle.
Dry Skin & Whiteheads
Dry skin can still break out in whiteheads.

If you've got dry skin and whiteheads, you're not alone. Unfortunately, even those of us whose skin always feels parched can still have recurring acne problems. As it turns out, acne can even be worsened by dry skin. To alleviate your dryness and make the whiteheads go away, your skin may need special treatment. Luckily, you can probably take care of it yourself by following a few simple guidelines.

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Causes of Whiteheads says acne is due to an overproduction of "sebum," your skin's natural oil. Sebum is produced under your skin, at the base of hair follicles. When your follicles become clogged, sebum builds up. Then the follicle wall can bulge, producing a whitehead. It's important to note that dirt doesn't cause acne: dry skin cells are more often to blame. According to, dead skin cells and sebum are the primary factors in clogged pores.

Causes of Dry Skin

Weather, sun exposure, swimming pools, central heating and air conditioning can all dry your skin, warns. Skin dryness can also be due to psoriasis or thyroid disorders, or you may have naturally dry skin. However, you can worsen your skin's thirst by washing it in hot water or by using harsh soaps and detergents. In fact, if you have dry skin and wash or scrub it too frequently, you can increase the dry skin cells on your face, in turn causing acne.

Treatment: Cleansing recommends that you wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser. adds that you should not use soap, and wash only twice a day with at least 10 hours in between washings. Wash your face with your bare hands, not by scrubbing with a cloth, then pat your skin dry without rubbing. also recommends applying a 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide cream. However, if this dries your skin too much, try using tea tree oil as a milder solution.

Treatment: Moisturizing

Whenever you wash your face, or when it feels dry, apply moisturizer. recommends choosing a product labeled "water-based" or "noncomedogenic." This indicates it won't add to the oiliness of your skin, and won't clog your pores.

According to, you should apply enough moisturizer so that your skin isn't flaky. If you want added effectiveness, try adding a few drops of jojoba oil.


To cut down on your acne risk, you can keep your skin clean without having to over-wash it. recommends avoiding oily or greasy cosmetics, sunscreens, hair products and concealers. Once again, look for the words "water-based" or "noncomedogenic" to indicate that products are non acne-causing. Keep your hair clean, and pulled back from your face. Avoid touching your face with your hands or your phone, and stay away from tight clothes or hats that can trap oil and dirt next to your skin.

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