Last updated: 2.20pm, Sunday 24th January 2016
Remember the struggle against teenage acne? The topical solutions and astringent lotions. The drying soaps and oil-free moisturizers, if any. The endless fight against the sole offender to your peaceful existence, as far as beauty concerns used to go.
Many still recall wishing to age a tad just to be rid of the plague! If you are close to, or over 30, you are probably now familiar with some other “usual suspects” in the war on your complexion: dryness, pigmentation, first signs of sagging skin and wrinkles. Now imagine that your acne is far from letting go of its iron grip on you, despite you struggling with the new enemy…
“Hold on a minute. This was not the deal!” – you might say – “How can I be dry and prone to acne all at the same time?”
Let’s set the record straight, so we know how to handle this dilemma.
The distinction lies in distinguishing between skin type and skin condition.
Dry skin is a skin type and can be evaluated by an aesthetician or dermatologist. Additionally, it can be self-diagnosed. If you frequently feel tightness all over your face, irrespective of season or any special treatments, such as peels, chances are you have dry skin. You would be more concerned by thinner skin and early crow’s feet than blemishes. This is typically characteristic of skin all over your body and is an inherited quality. Dry skin lacks oil.
Dehydrated skin is a condition and can occur in any person, irrespective of their skin type. That means that for whatever reason, you skin lacks moisture, i. e. water. Poor diet, excess caffeine, alcohol, air travel and certain beauty procedures can cause dehydration even in oily skin.
The problem with this is that once dehydrated; skin starts producing oil to compensate. This does not solve the lack of water issue but wreaks havoc on your complexion. Breakouts, inflammation and excess oiliness are some of the side effects of dehydrated skin, though it seems to be an oxymoron.
What are we to do?
Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. The approach has to be multi-dimensional, meaning you must treat dehydration topically and consume water to enrich your organs, skin included. Skin will be the last to receive hydration, so up your usual water intake.
How do we combat the oily skin side effects?
Topical solutions will include creams, serums and masks. Ensure all such products are oil-free and non-comedogenic. Purelogicol’s super antioxidant Moisturiser is both gentle and nourishing but remains non-comedogenic, for example. Topical treatments with tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide will help handle individual blemishes, without stripping your whole face of precious moisture.
The important thing is to keep at it, until the dehydration is gone. Do not give into the temptation of skipping your day cream, as you used to do in your teens. This time around, the punishment will be instant and severe. Do not launch a full offensive on your spots, smothering your whole face in drying masks. Yet, stay clear of heavy nourishing creams not to aggravate your
Moderation and persistence are key and will pay off. We promise.