Most acne products focus on drying up pimples, and many of the ingredients tend to be harsh on the skin. This causes acne-prone skin to become dryer over time. This may seem beneficial in the short-term, but in the long-term it is actually doing the opposite to what your skin needs, leaving you with more problems!
The problem of dehydrated skin:
The problem with using acne products that have properties to dry-up those pimples, is that it is causing your skin to become dehydrated (yes, oily skin can be dehydrated too!). Dehydration of the skin can affect the cells’ normal turnover process, leaving your skin trapped with build-up of dead skin cells or flaky skin, which can block pores, in turn leading to more clogged pores and break outs.
The problem of oilier skin:
What happens when your skin is dry or dehydrated is that your body starts to produce more oil to compensate. Using drying or dehydrating products can actually lead to oilier skin in the long run. As with products with harsh ingredients and chemicals, the same applies to oil-absorbing sheets or clay masks. It may seem like a great idea to soak up the oils on your pores but your skin is just going to produce more oil than before! This is why the idea that drying up acne-prone or oily skin is the best solution is actually a myth!
The problem of increased sensitivity:
Many harsh and dehydrating ingredients lead to an increase in the sensitivity of the skin, leading to the skin being a weaker protective barrier. As a weaker protective barrier, your skin may react more to different products and the pace of skin recovery slows down.
The problem of scars and inflammation:
When your skin is dehydrated, irritated, and slow to repair, it can become red and inflamed. Due to the slow cell repair processes and weakened protective barrier, your skin can lack the ability and strength to repair from acne spots, leading to more scars. The dehydration also causes structural changes in collagen. Since the primary connective tissue of the skin is collagen, it affects the scar recovery processes, which often leads to dented scars.
Hydration is key!
Deep hydration is vital for all skin types. It encourages healthy cell repair processes, keeps the skin plump and glowing, reduces oiliness and slows down the ageing process and wrinkles. Keeping acne-prone skin deeply hydrated allows the skin to gain the strength to repair faster, thereby avoiding scarring, calming inflammation and irritated skin, and reducing the oiliness of your skin in the long-term.
However, it is important to keep in mind what type of methods you use to hydrate acne-prone or oily skin, since if you use something that is too heavy or rich it can actually over-stimulate your skin or even cause more blocked pores and acne. Be sure to check the ingredients of the products you use and avoid comedogenic ingredients (ingredients that block your pores), such as coconut oil or cocoa butter. The key is to find deeply hydrating products without being too heavy by finding products that use ingredients that are high in water retention.
We recommend LUIERE’s Repair Mask for acne-prone skin. This mask is very hydrating but light on the skin due to our special ingredient that has the capacity to hold over 2,000 times its weight in water (that's twice the hydration of Hyaluronic Acid)! One of this mask’s hero ingredients is Allantoin which softens, soothes and heals the skin, which is perfect to help the recovery of acne-prone skin. This mask will not clog your pores and is filled with gentle and nourishing ingredients that will help the skin repair its strength and become hydrated and glowing! The Repair Mask is suitable for all skin types and free from nasties (free from alcohol, parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oils, sulphates, any harsh preservatives, artificial fragrances and animal-derived ingredients).