Best Winter Skin Care for Acne Prone Dry Skin

 Best Winter Skin Care for Acne Prone Dry Skin

While you might associate acne with oily skin, blemishes can pop up on dry skin as well. If you have dry skin and struggle with acne, winter can be tough on your skin. Fortunately, with some at-home skin care and cosmetic dermatology treatments, you can keep your acne in check all season.

At-Home Treatments

A solid at-home skin care routine is essential for fighting both dry skin and acne. While you should always talk to your dermatologist about which products are best for your skin, here are some tips to consider this winter.

  • Choose gentle products: Sticking with unscented, hypoallergenic products is extra important when you have dry and acne-prone skin. Harsh products can cause irritation and even more dryness.
  • Cleanse once per day: While cleansing your skin is important for acne prevention, over-cleansing can strip your skin’s moisture barrier. Consider washing your skin with lukewarm water just once per day, likely at night, to remove dirt and makeup. Splashing your skin with water in the morning can keep your skin clean without over drying.
  • Moisturize often: Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer immediately after cleansing your face to lock moisture into your skin. If you have dry skin, consider using a thicker moisturizer in the winter.
  • Balance your products: If your dermatologist recommends using acne medication or products like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or retinoids at home, be sure to follow their recommendations exactly. Using these products too often can dry out or irritate the skin.

While at-home skin care can help keep dry skin and acne in check, it’s important to know when to see a professional. A dermatologist can help you fine tune your skincare routine while recommending in-office treatments.

Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments

Cosmetic dermatology treatments can often get rid of acne more quickly, while soothing your dry skin. Your dermatologist may recommend several in-office treatments, including:

  • Prescription medications: Prescription topicals like retinoids or antibiotics can be effective at clearing and preventing acne breakouts. Dermatologists may also prescribe oral medications. However, it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about your dry skin concerns as well. They can recommend ways to fight dryness while you use the prescription.
  • Facials: Professional facials can extract impurities and add moisture to the skin. This treatment also improves overall skin texture and brightness. Consider scheduling facials throughout the winter to give your skin a boost.
  • Chemical Peels: If you’re not exfoliating enough, dead skin cells can build up on the skin and cause breakouts. Your dermatologist may recommend chemical peels to remove the outer layer of the skin to address acne. The treatment may also be helpful in removing acne scars.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is another acne treatment. During this treatment, a dermatologist will use a small instrument to gently remove dead skin cells from the face. This treatment improves the texture of your complexion and can be a great supplement to other acne treatments.

Dry skin can be frustrating during the colder months, and acne can only make your skin concerns worse. Fortunately, by sticking to a gentle skin care routine and following a dermatologist-recommended acne treatment regimen, you can find relief.


The team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists is here to pamper your skin during the coldest months of the year. Our cosmetic dermatology treatments can help clear acne and give your skin a moisture boost. With locations in Long Beach, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of medical and surgical services as well. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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