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Acne & Flaky Skin

Acne & Flaky Skin

Overview

Acne is difficult to treat, but when you add flaky skin to the equation, it makes it near impossible because you have to treat two conditions instead of one. You can develop flaky skin for a number of reasons. The flakes may even cause some of your acne.

Features

Acne can develop all over your face, but is most common on the chin, forehead and nose. Oil glands are more prominent in these areas than other parts of your face. You may have flaky skin all over your face, but you may find it in the same areas where acne commonly develops such as your chin and nose. Certain types of acne, such as inflammatory acne, can cause itching that can lead to flaky skin when scratched.

Types

You may have flaky skin if your skin is dry or sensitive, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Dry skin can cause your skin to become itchy, which results in skin shedding when you scratch it. If you have sensitive skin, products that irritate or dry out your skin can have the same effect as dry skin. Excess skin cells can build up and cause acne.

Time Frame

You may find that your skin becomes drier during cold weather, when the air humidity is lower than warm summer months. If you live in a dry climate with very little humidity, you may experience dry skin year round. Constant dry skin can cause your skin to become flaky.

Prevention/Solution

Using a facial cleanser with salicylic acid can help reduce acne and slow down the shedding of dead skin cells, according to DermNet NZ. Once the shedding of skin cells has slowed, your pores will not clog as easily since the dead skin flakes aren't there to clog the opening of your pores. Using a moisturizer can also help relieve dry, flaky skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The AAD also recommends using cool water to rinse your face instead of warm water, which can strip essential natural oils that your skin produces.

Warning

Do not use salicylic acid if you have a known allergy. If you're unsure if you're allergic to salicylic acid, test a small patch of skin with the cleanser before applying it to your face. Should an allergic reaction occur, discontinue use immediately. Salicylic acid may cause minor skin irritation when you begin to use it. Salicylic acid helps remove layers of skin cell build up, which exposes fresh, healthy skin and may be why some experience minor skin irritation when beginning to use the product.

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