13 Everyday Habits That Are Giving You Acne
Your hormones aren't always to blame -- turns out some of these unconscious habits might be causing your acne
Drying out your skin will actually cause it to produce more oil, says King. She explains that the skin naturally tries to correct itself, therefore if it feels dry it will try to balance the situation by producing more oil, continuing the vicious cycle.
Nakhla's recommendation: Be gentle with your skin and keep it hydrated (but that doesn't mean greasy). Try using a cleanser made specifically for acne-prone skin like Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash, $36, but follow it up with a hydrating toner and/or a light, oil-free moisturizer so your skin doesn't freak and up the oil ante. You can also use a mattifying moisturizer on especially shiny areas during the day to soak up oil without over-drying your skin.
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