There’s no doubt about it – dry skin and whiteheads look awful. How many times have you scrubbed your face squeaky clean only to catch your reflection a few hours later to find a giant whitehead or patchy area of yucky flakey-ness? (And then there’s the thought of who may have seen this to contend with). As it happens, you’re not alone if you’re experiencing dry skin and whiteheads. These are a common skin complaint with men and, contrary to popular belief, the majority of time they are not caused by unclean or oily skin. The good news is, there are some pretty straight forward ways to treat this.
Why We Get Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common skin complaint. There can be a number of triggers for it including lack of moisturizer, using soap, sweating, the elements of harsh weather and dusty environments. However, the most common cause of dry skin is over washing and scrubbing, often with water that is too hot. When we see a buildup of dry skin, we scrub more vigorously and for longer. However, this may well lead to skin damage, resulting in the production of more skin cells and oils which, in turn produces skin that appears flakey and dry.
Why We Get Whiteheads
Dry skin is prone to whiteheads. Whiteheads are a milder form of acne that may occur when skin is damaged and the pore becomes clogged with stuff such as dead skin cells and a naturally occurring oil called sebum. Sebum is an oily substance which is essential for healthy skin. It’s produced under the skin at the base of the hair follicle. However, too much sebum and dead skin cells can cause the follicle wall to bulge which can result in a whitehead.
So, how do we treat dry skin and whiteheads?
Step 1 Cleansing
Get rid of the soap as this will dry out your skin. Use a soap-free face wash with luke warm (not scorching hot) water. Use a small amount of face wash and, using finger tips, gently apply to your face before using fresh water to rinse thoroughly. Resist the urge to scrub at your face with any type of face flannel or towel as this may result in skin damage and excessive sebum production. Don’t wipe your face dry. Gently pat or dab instead and follow up with a moisturiser (more tips on this below). During the day, don’t touch, rub or pick at your skin if you can help it.
These steps need to be repeated morning and night. Most of us include a face wash as part of our normal morning routine. However, how many of us sneak off to bed at night without cleansing…?
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Step 2 Moisturizing
Once you’ve cleansed, do not even think about leaving the bathroom before you have moisturised your skin. Dry skin requires more moisture than any other skin type. If you’re suffering from whiteheads too, it’s best for you to use an oil free, water based moisturiser which will combat the dry and reduce excess oils that are a common cause whiteheads.
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This Pure Power Active Moisturiser assists with the hydration of skin (for 24 hours!) and with the reduction of excess oil that may trigger whiteheads. It’s anti-breakout formula absorbs really well too, leaving skin refreshed and shine free.
Keep it simple. You don’t want to overwhelm your skin. Following a two step programme of cleansing and moisturising will lead to improvement.