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What Can Facial Oils Do For My Dry Skin?


Dry skin is a serious bummer. I did a quick Instagram response to a YouTuber who claimed that the secret to healthy (clear?) skin, is to dry your skin out, to literally strip it of all natural oils so as to not *feed* the bacteria. While this has some scientific merit (just as you don't want to feed the trolls on Instagram, you shouldn't feed the bacteria on your skin), unfortunately it is a short-term solution that can create long-term problems. Stripping your skin of its natural oils will help starve the bacteria of their food supply, but it will also create an environment that is dry, which will eventually lead to an over-production of sebum (as it tries to compensate for all the lost oils), which will kind of land you in the same place where you started.

People with acne do generally tend to have oilier skin. However, people with dry skin still get acne, and if you have dry skin and acne you know what a conundrum this can pose for you.

Dry skin is, afterall, very common. If you experience dry skin you might find that it’s seasonal or you might suffer all year round. When your skin loses moisture, it might crack or peel and then become inflamed or irritated. Your skin might become slightly rough and itchy. Your skin may even get this way after using products that are too harsh for your skin, or products that result in contact dermatitis.

If your skin is dry, you probably already know that this means your skin may not produce as many natural oils as other people’s, and will be less able to retain water. The protective barrier is therefore not as good as it should be.

Once your skin starts to become inflamed or cracked you are experiencing signs of dermatitis. Cracks in the skin can lead to germs getting in, which can cause infections in the form of red, sore spots. This is obviously not ideal for someone seeking healthy, beautiful skin.