Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Q&A: Should you moisturize acne-prone skin?

In a word, yes! Even if you have oily skin, a daily moisturizer can help to improve your skin’s hydration, create a protective barrier and make it soft without leaving it feeling oily or looking shiny. Using a daily moisturizer will also help ease the dryness, peeling and flaking that can be caused by certain acne medications (Retin-A, Accutane, benzoyl peroxide). In fact, research has shown that even if you don’t use an acne medication, simply moisturizing alone can help acne.

4 Tips for picking the right products:

  1. Look for water-based, non-comedogenic moisturizers
  2. Moisturize after applying acne treatments
  3. Use a lotion, not a lipid-containing cream
  4. Use a moisturizer with SPF

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