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3 Steps To Get Rid Of Dry Flakey Acne Skin

July 28, 2017

Got dry flakey acne skin? When your skin is that dry, cracked, peeling, and flaking, it can feel sore and raw, and very hard for breakouts to heal. In fact, it can cause even more pimples and scars, which is the worst. Here's 3 simple steps to getting your skin balanced, hydrated, smooth and healthy again.

3 Steps To Get Rid Of Dry Flakey Acne Skin

Got dry flakey acne skin? We’ve got to sort that out before it causes you to have more breakouts, or even worse, causes scars and marks once your breakouts heal.

When you’ve got flakey, dry, irritated acne skin, your moisture barrier that protects your skin is weakened or damaged.

For some of you, it doesn’t matter what kind of moisturizer you put on your skin, your skin doesn’t seem to be able to absorb or retain the moisture. Your skin might even be producing too much oil and sebum to counter the dryness, but all it’s doing is causing more pimples and irritation.

It could feel like a never ending cycle between dryness and breakouts, and your skin is too irritated, red, and cracked to bear.

Check out today’s video and instructions below for 3 simple steps to start healing and balancing your skin.

3 Steps To Get Rid Of Dry Flakey Acne Skin

1- Your skin care routine for dry flakey acne skin

I want you to look over all the skin care products you are currently using, and take out every single product that could be drying or irritating your skin.

Stop using:

foaming or soap cleansers
toners, essence, or face mists
serums with active ingredients
face masks
spot treatments
essential oils
any skin care product containing fragrance

You might be wondering what you are left with?! Not much, I know. To heal parched dry skin, you’ve got to eliminate EVERYTHING that could potentially be irritating your skin, because your skin isn’t healthy right now, and is much more susceptable to irritation.

Here’s what you can use:

A gentle cleanser (I recommend smooth raw honey or a plain oil like grapeseed oil or jojoba oil as a cleanser)

A moisturizer (I recommend using a few drops of plain oil like grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil to moisturize. If your skin doesn’t tolerate oils, you can use a moisturizer but try to get one that doesn’t contain fragrance or essential oils).

Related Blog Posts & Video Demos:

How to wash you face with honey
How to wash acne prone skin with oil (oil cleansing method)

You pretty much want to wash your face once or twice a day. If you need to, use a few drops of oil or moisturizer, and allow your skin to balance out on it’s own.

Your skin wants to be balanced, but what could be throwing it off is all the products you are putting on your skin that’s irritating it. You’ve got to eliminate all the irritants first, so your skin can take over and heal.

Less is actually more.

And, if you’re wondering what about sunscreen? Well, if your skin is super dry, irritated and hurts, I would avoid going in the sun until your skin is balanced and healed. If you do need to go out in the sun, wear a mineral sunscreen, but no sunbathing or things like that. Remember, this is not forever, this is just until your skin is balanced again and not cracked, red and flaking.

You might also be wondering why no essential oils, aren’t they natural? Well, when your skin is really irritated, dry and flaking, your skin’s moisture barrier isn’t working properly, and therefore, your skin can’t really protect itself from anything. Essential oils are strong, and especially too strong for skin that is raw, dehydrated, or not functioning at it’s best.

Think about it, if you had a rash, would you be putting all sorts of stuff on it? Probably not. So don’t put it on your dry irritated face!

A warning

Sometimes it takes a few days, or a week or two for your skin to adjust to less products. Don’t be alarmed if your skin feels a little tight or out of nowhere you get some breakouts. It’s normal that your skin reacts to such a change to your skin care routine, especially if overnight you stopped using half the products you normally do. My recommendation is to keep your hands off your face, and allow your skin to balance out on it’s own. Within and week or two you should see it starting to improve.

2- Diet for dry flakey acne skin

What you eat affects your skin. More so than most people want to admit or believe. In fact, I personally believe your diet has more power to transform the state of your skin than any skin care product or procedure.

When it comes to irritated dry skin, the two foods that stand out the most making it worse, is sugar and caffeine.

Sugar is just so inflammatory. It irritates your body from the inside out. Sugar also breaks down collagen making it harder for your skin to heal and repair. Not only does it slow down your skin’s healing process, but sugar contributes to aging you too.

If you want balanced healthy skin, make the effort to decrease or eliminate sugar from your diet, especially processed sugars.

Also, dry skin is always dehydrated skin. And one of the most dehydrating foods/drinks is coffee. I know how hard it is to give up coffee, but if you’ve got dry irritated skin, giving up coffee can pave the way to really great results.

Every single person I’ve met that has given up coffee notices just how much healthier their skin is and how much better it looks. Giving up coffee brings back the glow and youthfulness of your skin.

Those with oily skin notice how much less oily their skin appears, and those with dry skin notice how much more moisturized and plumped their skin becomes. That’s because your skin is no longer dehydrated, your skin can retain the moisture it needs to maintain a healthy balance.

3- DIY Exfoliating Mask for Dry Flakey Acne Skin

A big problem with dry flakey acne skin is you need to shed the build up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin so new healthier skin cells can come to the surface. But, you’ve got to do this without irritating your skin more.

Exfoliation is key, but NOT using traditional exfoliating methods like scrubs or products containing exfoliating acids like Salicylic Acid or AHAs. That could be just too strong or harsh for your fragile skin. Especially when the moisture barrier of your skin is weak.

Instead I recommend using a one ingredient therapeutic exfoliating mask once or twice a week.

A gentle exfoliating mask would be made with one of the following ingredients:

A plain oil (grapeseed oil or jojoba oil)
Yogurt (organic, plain, full fat)
Fresh Aloe Vera Gel (from the plant)
Smooth raw honey


1- Choose one of the above ingredients

2- Apply on your clean face

3- Leave on your face for 20-30 minutes

4- Using a soft damp wash cloth (I recommend Grovia Cloth Wipes), remove the product from your face. If your skin is really sensitive and raw, just rinse your face with warm water instead of using a wash cloth

5- If your skin needs extra moisturizing, follow with a drop of oil or moisturizer

The key step to gently exfoliating your skin

As you can see, this is a simple mask. What makes this mask so special is leaving the product on your skin for 20-30 minutes. During those 20-30 minutes, the ingredient you chose to apply on your face will loosen all the build up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin without disturbing or irritating your skin. This is just as effective as using a scrub, if not more, and it won’t hurt your fragile skin. In fact, all the above ingredients are anti-inflammatory, soothing and hydrating.

Do you have dry flakey skin? What do you do to make it better? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Reply Sheri July 29, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Hi Natasha!

    Here’s something I recently found to add to my skincare routine. Up until now, all I’ve been using is smooth organic raw honey ( as a face wash and occasional mask. Then I’d just rinse and let my skin air dry (no towels or face cloths). But my skin needed something more but cannot tolerate any type of oil or moisturizer. My skin absolutely hates anything that’s left on it … except for rosewater … but not just any rosewater. Most rosewaters are just a mixture of rose oil and water, but I found an organic rosewater that is distilled right from the rose petals. It hydrates my skin and balances the pH (which can be put off by the water with which I rinse my face). It’s by Alteya Organics. I get it in the dark, violet glass bottle so as to protect the product. The smell isn’t quite what you’d expect from roses because it’s not rose oil and water. Since it’s distilled, it can smell a little “off” to the nose of a newcomer, but it doesn’t mean that the product has gone bad … they even have an expiration date on the bottom of the box that it comes in. The company explains this in response to some of the customer comments on Amazon. ( It’s been the next step (beyond just organic raw honey) in really helping to improve my skin.

    And while I’m here … Lately I’ve been consuming raw eggs from healthy, pasture-raised hens on a local farm. I put a couple in my homemade raw milk kefir, along with organic chia seeds every morning. I’ve been doing this regularly for the past few weeks and my seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea have been very much improved! Happy, happy!!! I eat a very good diet, but there was still something lacking and I believe I have found it in the raw eggs.


  • Reply Sheri July 29, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Btw … I’ve read that people with egg allergies don’t seem to have a problem when they’re consumed raw. I find that extremely interesting! And before feeling safe about eating raw eggs, I did a lot of research and found that, just as with many other things, we’ve been misled and lied to.

    • Reply Sheri November 3, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Also, I recently have gotten really serious with consuming raw apple cider vinegar (just a little diluted in a glass of water) a few times a day, and my skin has really improved a lot more. I’ve suffered from candida nearly my entire life and my skin problems are definitely a symptom, so I think that’s why the raw acv works well for me.

  • Reply mia August 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Great post!

    I’ve been getting great results using a drop of vegetable glycerin on a wet face as my moisturizer.

    • Reply Natasha St. Michael August 21, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      That’s great Mia! 🙂

      • Reply mia August 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

        Update lol: I stopped using it. I ended up with little irritation bumps all over my face after a few days. Maybe too much glycerin irritates the skin?

        • Reply Natasha St. Michael October 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

          Some people have a sensitivity to glycerin. It’s moisturizing, but not necessarily good for everyone. Good that you now know you are sensitive to it. Make sure whenever you buy skincare products you avoid anything containing it.

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