How I Quickly Got Rid of the Gross Dry Patch Growing on my Face

It can happen to any of us. A dry patch decides to move in on your face and no matter what you do, it will not leave you. Like a stalker ex boyfriend, he’s here to stay.

How I got rid of a grotesque dry patch on my face

How I got rid of a grotesque dry patch on my face

Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask

Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask


Back in November, it happened to me. A dry patch took up permanent residence on my face, and I couldn’t shake him off. But, it wasn’t just any old dry patch. It was a grotesque, disgusting dry patch that literally kept me from leaving the house for a week because it was repulsive and super large and super noticeable and makeup only emphasized the crustiness even more. Literally, my sister nicknamed me Moldyvort (like Voldemort) because it looked like my skin was slowly molding away to death. I don’t know why or what caused this to happen, but I figured out how to get rid of it for good. Instead of saying “why me?” I said “try me.”

How I Quickly Got Rid of the Gross Dry Patch Growing on my Face




How to get rid of a grotesque dry patch on my face

How I got rid of a grotesque dry patch on my face

Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask; Algenist Genius cream

Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask; Algenist Genius cream

Step 1: stop over exfoliating

I used to love my Clarisonic. We were ride or die buddies. But, then I realized that one of us actually had to die because one of us was harming the other ones skin. And the one that had to go was the Clarisonic. It was just too harsh on my skin even though I had the sensitive brush head. I even stopped using my Foreo Luna under my bottom lip, which is where the dry patch was harboring, because even that was too harsh on my skin. Instead of trying to exfoliate it away with brushes, tools, and chemical exfoliants, I let my skin have a little breather. Over exfoliating can really damage the skin’s barrier so now I’m cautious to make sure I’m using gentler products on my skin. And, I’m monitoring the ingredients in my skincare to make sure I’m not overdoing it with the chemical exfoliants.

Step 2: cleanse, but don’t strip

A lot of cleansers on the market use ingredients that strip the skin of its natural oils, drying it out, and that actually does more harm than good. I used the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, a gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain any sulfates or alcohols. Sulfates are really drying so make sure you skip the cleansers that have that. The Boscia cleanser is my holy grail because it cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling refreshed and hydrated. It’s a super underrated cleanser, but one I constantly rave about because it’s amazing.

Step 3: mask mask mask

The best thing I did for my skin was apply a hydrating mask. The Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask worked literal magic on my skin. For so many days I used so many moisturizers that did absolutely nothing for me and my disgustingly flaky skin until I used this mask. I globbed this mask on, left it on my skin for several hours, did this 2 days in a row, and my dry patch was literally gone. When I tell you this worked magic, I’m not lying. I would say this is the number one product that helped the dry patches go away. Even after the dry patch was gone, I globbed this on for a few hours for several days to make extra sure he wasn’t trying to move back on to my face; he didn’t.

Step 4: layer the moisture

The Complex Beauty hydra mask helped me get rid of my dry patch, but layering on the moisture right after masking was super important too. Instead of using one thick ass moisturizer, I applied moisture in layers. First, I’d either use the Belif Hungarian Water Essence or the Belif Aqua Bomb since they’re really light on the skin. I let that sink in, and then topped it all off with something a little thicker like the Algenist Genius Moisturizer* or the Origins Night-a-Mins moisturizer. Both are really nice and creamy, but they don’t feel heavy or greasy, which is a big turn off for me. Lately, I’ve been using either the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Gel or the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid before bed. If my skin is feeling extra dry then I top it all off with the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped CreamIt’s super miosturizing, and a little goes a long way so my combo skin doesn’t need much at all.

Au revoir, dry patches. See you never!

What products do you turn to when you have to get rid of dry skin? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I used to get sooo many dry patches because I’d over-exfoliate and strip my skin. These are such good tips! Glad Moldyvort is gone!

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

    • I’ve been going a little acid crazy atm so I need to tone it back again haha! Thanks, I’m glad Moldyvort is gone too LOL

  • As you point it out, the thing I hate the most about dry patches is that makeup cannot do anything about it, we can cover a blemish but dry patches + makeup equals a cakey, messy skin! These are great tips, especially the one on choosing the right cleanser!

    • yes! makeup made my dry patch 100 times worse because it accentuated how dry and disgusting it was.

  • I need to try some Drunk Elephant skincare, everyone raves about them! I get a little dry around my chin sometimes, these are some great steps Nida, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Ugh you’re so right about over exfoliating. It’s so tricky to find the right balance as too little can lead to flakiness too! I’ve been using the Pixi Glow Tonic as my only exfoliator and it seems to be working well

    • Yes, I totally agree it’s all about the balance, but that can be so tricky! I’m just about done with my Pixi Glow Tonic :(

  • I have been tempted to try the Clarisonc but I have sensitive skin too so I think it might be a little harsh for me as well. I would have been so tempted to continue exfoliating a dry patch though so it just goes to show how important it is to let your skin breath from time to time. x

    • Totally agree that it’s good to let your skin chill out sometimes. I think you’d like the foreo luna! I really like it, and it’s a lot gentler on the skin. It actually feels nice because of the vibration, which is supposed to be anti aging.

  • I love using the Clarisonc! Need to give a try with the drunk elephant products x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  • I hear so many great things about the Clarisonc, but it’s too pricey for me right now!

  • I’m so bad with skincare, so I’ll definitely be looking further into these products! They sound great!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush♡

  • Urgh dry patches are the worst! I have dry skin so I’ve pretty much got permanent dry patches but nothing ever truly gets rid of mine :( xx 💕

  • These are such amazing tips Nida ! These product sound great, Thanks for sharing !
    Have a fabulous day !

  • Prettypeach Blossom

    I couldn’t agree more with everything you mentioned here, such great tips some I will be using myself. And so true this can happen to anyone at anytime you just never know
    Esnath ~

  • Natalie Redman

    Great post! Totally agree with this process.

  • I really needed this post in 2015 when I got a super dry patch right above my lip that would not budge for months! It ended up getting so bad that I had to go to the dermatologist for prescription medication… I learned my lesson though and I’m much better about keeping my face moisturized during the cold winter months!

  • nyashanicole

    Mask Mask Mask!! Agreed. It does really help replenish back the skin of lost nutrients.

  • Agreed. Its horrid when it happens but I agree, you kind of need to nurture it away rather than blasting it away … lol! I really enjoy using B-hydra too…its so lightweight yet so hydrating xxx