Each skin type comes with its own set of problems. While oily skin is associated with breakouts and blackheads, dry skin often lands up being rough and itchy. You may think it’s beyond your control to manage the many moods that your skin goes through, but it really isn’t. Stress and oily food often lead to acne flare ups among those with oily and combination skin. Similarly, use of certain ingredients can cause dry skin to become drier and more irritated.
Now you are wondering what these ingredients are, right? Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are five ingredients you should avoid using if you have a dry skin type.
1) Salicylic acid
Surprised to see this one on the list? Salicylic acid isn’t a bad ingredient. It is generally found in skincare products formulated for those with oily and acne-prone skin to help control oil production. If you use it on your dry skin, however, it will make the skin drier and cause peeling. Salicylic acid is not only added to skincare products but also makeup, so read the labels carefully while choosing any product.
You already know that alcohol is a bad skincare ingredient, then why is it still added to products? Because it helps the other ingredients penetrate the skin better instead of staying on the surface. However, alcohol can leave your skin feeling excessively dry and may lead to eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Stay away from products that have SD alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and denatured alcohol mentioned on the label.
While picking a new skincare product, most of us check texture and fragrance, and usually end up buying the product that smells the best. But did you know these artificial fragrances can irritate your dry skin and lead to an eczema flare up? No matter what your skin type, it is best to stay away from products that contain artificial fragrance.
4) Benzoyl peroxide
One of the most common ingredients recommended to those with acne, benzoyl peroxide can be quite drying for dry skin. Avoid self-diagnosis and ask you dermatologist for an alternative to prevent redness, peeling and itching.
Parabens are preservatives that are added to skincare products to increase their shelf life. However, using products that contain parabens can lead to irritation and allergies. Some parabens are so harmful that their use in skincare products is banned in the EU.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Mar 18, 2020
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.