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5 Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

Caring for flay, dry, and rough skin goes beyond slathering in lotions and creams every single day. You need to have a good grasp of what’s in your skincare products because these ingredients could be preventing you from having soft, smooth, and perfectly hydrated skin.

In this blog, we’ll be talking about five ingredients you should avoid if you have dry skin. Let’s get started!


Retinoids and vitamin A derivatives have a great reputation when it comes to treating acne, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and treating inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis. 

However, if you have dry skin, avoid products containing this ingredient. This is because one of the side effects of retinoids is dryness and flakiness. It can exacerbate your existing skin condition so stick to gentler alternatives like resveratrol or carrot oil.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a beauty staple for people with acne-prone skin. However, it can also cause peeling, itching, irritation, and redness especially if your skin is on the parched side.


Alcohol is a very common ingredient in skin care products as it serves many purposes including improving product penetrability and preserving formulations. However, some alcohols can further dry up the skin so go for products that are either alcohol-free or have it in lower concentrations

However, not all types of of alcohol used in skincare are bad. There are fatty alcohols like ethyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol that can be beneficial. Typically, fatty alcohols are used as emollients and thickeners in skin-care products.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a great skin softener with exfoliating properties. However, if your skin is on the dry side, you may have to be cautious when using products with this ingredient. 

Though generally considered safe, some people may have skin sensitivity to it, and if they use it regularly, may end up with skin that is dry, red, and peeling. Salicylic acid may help with acne temporarily, but over the long term can dry and thin your skin.

Fragrances and Preservatives

Perfumed products may smell wonderful and feel luxurious to use but fragrances and preservatives can irritate your skin. These can dry out your skin and cause flaking and chapping. Go for fragrance-free options to keep your complexion soft and hydrated.


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