Dry skin AND acne.....I'm sure that this is a sensitive problem for you.
In this case, your acne doesn't sound like it is being caused by a build up of excess sebum in the skin's oil glands plugging up the pores, Instead it is possible that it is entirely do to the dry skin. Dry skin causes itchiness and the flaking is dead skin cells that will clog up your pores and cause inflammation. What about any itching and the possible relief that you may find from scratching with your finger nails? You could be transferring bacteria and dirt from your fingernails to your pores and adding to the inflammation.
Here are several common causes of dry skin:
Environmental, i.e. excessive wind, low temperatures, sun, cosmetics, chemicals, cheap soap and alcohol based skin products will dry out the skin. If the oil glands of the skin can't produce enough oil to keep the skin lubricated, dehydration will occur, leading to the effects of dry skin. Even bathing or washing your face too frequently will cause dry skin.
Dehydration, if you’re not hydrating by drinking plenty of fluids on a daily basis this will also cause dry skin.
Plain old getting older, like me, causes the body to produce less oil to keep the skin lubricated.
Two common medical conditions, diabetes and hypothyroidism, cause dry skin too.
Finally a deficiency in vitamins A and D will also contribute to dry skin.
If you can pin point any of these as a cause, you are steps ahead of any skin care regimen to try.
Some people recommend coconut oil or other natural based moisturizers without any added fragrances or *junk* that might interact on your sensitive skin. Don't forget to let sunlight work on your skin too. Eat healthy foods as well.
If you are looking for some ideas in skin care products to help with moisturizing; I would look for something natural that has safe ingredients. Youthful Essentials has removed the parabens from their products and have inexpensive and excellent natural moisturizers, cleansers, toners and hydrators. One of the products that I have been using really successfully is
Hyaluronic Acid. It plays an important role in tissue hydration and is able to hold more water than any other natural substance. Its unmatched hydrating properties result in increased smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles.
Hope this was helpful to you and others. Remember, most of the time, skin problems are because we are out of balance in another part of our body. The skin is an organ. Anyone can sell you something to *FIX* it, but that may just be masking another area of simple concern. Fix that area first.