Sensitive, dry skin and acne

Hi Mads,

I’m a 21 year old girl and I’ve (almost) always had healthy and nice skin.

During the winter, my skin becomes very sensitive and dry, and I have small breakouts on my forehead. They appear as small bumps, which I of course (even though I know I’m not supposed to) press, and so the redness and inflammation appear. But if I don’t press them, the small bumps simply stays.

I use an organic anti-acne oil-based crème and a mild salty bar of soap every day, but I keep having small bumps on my forehead. Sometimes, I use Basiron 10% and nothing drastic ever happens.

I think that I have a healthy and varied diet and I drink plenty of water, so I’m a little lost about what to do differently.

Do you have any advice for irritated winter skin?

Dear Julie,

Thank you SO much for your letter and your question.

Before I can give you exact advice, I need to know whether the breakouts on your forehead are infected blemishes or rather white spots called milia – because milia can be easily treated with a product containing BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) – for example, try my extreme effictive product Perfect Skin Power Treat.

That your skin becomes dry and sensitive during the winter can be caused by the change in climate. So, if you feel like your skin type changes into a more dry one, you should choose a heavier crème, which will add more grease to your skin.

Regarding your products, it is important that you chose a mild cleansing product that does not contain a drying soap. Also, you should check if your anti-acne crème does not contain irritating ingredients, like for example ethereal oils, eucalyptus, menthol, etc.

Basiron works really well on infected acne, but since your problem sounds more like dried out blackheads from dead skin cells underneath your skin, Basiron will not work. Also, please note that Basiron 10% is way too harsh for the skin and that 5% works just as effectively for infected acne.

I sincerely hope that you can use my advice and I wish you a very lovely future!


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