The Best Regime for Skin That's Broken Out & Dry

Adopt a simple skincare routine to care for combination skin.
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Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others. The dry areas crave moisture, while oily, blemished skin begs to be dried out. Products that heavily moisturize can make blemishes worse, and anti-acne solutions cause dry skin to flake and burn. Feel more comfortable in your combination skin with a targeted skincare routine.

Wet your skin with warm water and massage a dime-sized-amount of mild liquid cleanser into your skin for 30 seconds. Cleanse once in the morning and once at night. Avoid products containing harsh soaps and fragrances that can irritate and dry out your skin. Look instead for ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter to add moisture while you cleanse. Rinse with tepid water until all cleanser has been removed to remove buildup without stripping dry areas of moisture.

Massage a quarter-sized amount of creamy exfoliant into damp skin with your fingertips, concentrating on your T-zone and working in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water. Exfoliate twice a week to deeply cleanse your pores and prevent future breakouts. Opt for a scrub containing glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which will add moisture to the dry areas of your face without making broken-out areas oily.

Soak a cotton pad with a toner that contains salicylic acid. Gently sweep the cotton pad over broken-out areas of your face, avoiding dry patches. Apply toner only once in the morning and once at night to avoid drying out your skin.

Smooth a dime-sized amount of oil-free moisturizer on dry areas only. Moisturize every morning and night. Choose only an oil-free moisturizer, which will hydrate dry areas without clogging your pores and leading to more breakouts.

  • Complete your skincare routine only twice a day to avoid drying or irritating your skin.
  • Opt for a moisturizer with SPF when you are leaving the house to protect your skin from sun damage.
  • If you wear makeup, reach only for oil-free and non-comedogenic products to avoid clogging your pores.

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.