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Starting to break out, skin starting to dry out. Whats the cause + solution?

Hi, i'm not sure if im posting this in the right place, but here goes..

I'm a teen, and lately, after moving to a new (messier/dirtier) place, i have been breaking out like crazy! I started trying to treat it with salicylic acid (Clean&Clear invisible blemish treatment). Though it normally works like magic on small breakouts at my old place, here, it was useless.. After, I started using Tazorac (tazortene cream 0.05%). To be honest, im not even sure its for acne, but my mom got it from her doctor. I then googled it, and found out it is for acne, but anyways. After using it for a couple nights/days, my acne cleared up, so it isnt as bad, but it made my skin drier than usual. Now, I have skin that hurts when i try to put regular lotion on, and is oily during the day. 

I was wondering if im doing anything wrong, what i could do for my acne, and any miracle dry skin creams. Thanks! 

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6 Replies

2 years, 9 months ago
Re: Starting to break out, skin starting to dry out. Whats the cause + solution?

I think you should probably stop using the Tazorac. Alhough it cleared up your acne, your skin is way to dry.  Sometimes, when you move the different air will have a different first affect on your skin. After a little while, it should calm down.


My advice is to try to switch up your skin care routine. Below, I  think I covered everything!


1 Wash off your makeup as normal with a makeup remover cloth. These will  be more gentle on your skin.

2 Exfoliate your skin twice a week, this will buff of the bad skin which could eventually clog pores. Try- Clean and Clear Morning Burst $8

3 Wash your face twice a day Try- Clean and Clear Finishes Even Tone Cleanser

4 Apply any spot treatment for acne. Try- Mixing yeast with a little wwater for a nice, natrual alternative.

6 Next, apply toner. This will moisturize your skin. Try- Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner $26

7 Last, apply moisturizer. Try- Clean and Clear Finishes Pore Perfecting Moisturizer



I hope this helped:) Good luck, hope your skin feels better soon!

2 years, 9 months ago
Acne and lotion

I suggest you see a dermatologist who can recommend whatever kind of moisturizer you should use.  Call the AMA in your area to get a referral, or talk to your primary care physician who might be able to help or at least give you a referral.  Where did you move from and too?  I live in Albuquerque, and it is extremely dusty, gritty and dry.  I use 4 different moisturizers, but I am older and not prone to breaking out.  Good luck!

Carole VonAllten

2 years, 9 months ago
Re: Starting to break out, skin starting to dry out. Whats the cause + solution?

Yes I agree with the others. Discontinue use if it's really irritating your skin and go back to your dermatologist. If drying continues, request a lower strength (if possible) or use less frequently. 

Also, wash/change your pillowcases frequently! You'd be surprised how those are a haven for bacteria and oil that can affect your skin. If you can't change then every other day, I recommend putting a clean dry towel over them every night. It seriously works! 

2 years, 9 months ago
Dry Skin w/Acne

I know that is such an uncomfortable combination to have dry skin with acne.  Have you tried Differin?  It's much milder than other prescription retinoids.  A plus to using retinoids is not only good for acne but for aging, too.  I know you're in your teens, but it's never too early to start preventative maintenance when it comes to aging.  Have you tried a moisterizer with glycolic acid?  I'm using Image Skincare's Ageless Total Repair Cream at night.  This has helped my acne, blackheads, and with sun damage.  I am extremely oily (and consuming sugar only exacerbates the problem), with hormonal acne so I could see where this might be a bit drying for your skin type.  You could layer on top of that (or any other glycolic lotion/cream) a hydrating cream (I use Image's Vital C Hydrating Repair Cream and switch other nights with Image's Ormedic Balancing Bio Peptide cream for added moisture).  I have been using the Image line for about a month now and I love it!  But you do have to purchase through an MD, ARNP, or esthetician.  Compared to other high end brands I feel the line is very cost effective yet it has amazing ingredients.  I also agree with the poster who recommended changing your pillow case frequently.  This can really help.  Of course, wiping down your phone, too.  Also - NO PICKING!!  (I'm a picker...shhhh.)  Using a sunscreen is vital, too.  I have also used jojoba oil and my skin really likes this.  Many women who have acne have used jojoba successfully.  Good luck to you! 

2 years, 9 months ago

Another thought is many women have used birth control to help regulate their skin.  This worked for me when I was younger, but I developed a blood clot so I can no longer use hormone therapy.  Being on birth control is very serious, but you may want to talk to your MD about it to get an opinion. 

2 years, 8 months ago
If your skin hurts, stop using Tazorac, or use it every other day.

Also, since you're moving to a messier/dirtier place, you're probably a little stressed, which may be the cause of your breakouts. I have acne, and it gets worse when I'm stressed. Maybe get a different facial moisturizer also--sometimes they have alcohol in it, and that can burn on damaged skin.

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