If you have an oily acne-prone skin, then you are among thousands of other people who wonder about the right acne moisturizer to use. Most people with such skins have an impression that moisturizing their skins is not a requisite skin care routine. They are wrong. As many dermatologists would willingly tell you, every skin regardless of whether it’s dry or oily, benefits from a good moisturizer.
Unlike healthy skin, choosing the right moisturizer for acne prone skin calls for a little knowledge on what exactly a person should be looking for. Ideally, an acne moisturizer should be mild to avoid irritating your skin. The labels on skin care products contain the first indicators that should alert you about the quality of the ingredients used in making the moisturizer. Most mild products will be labeled as non-acnegenic or noncomedogenic, meaning that they are less likely to block the skin pores thus causing an acne breakout. The moisturizer should also be oil-free meaning that it does not contain added oils, which leave the skin with a heavy greasy feel.
Most acne moisturizers also contain exfoliating ingredients such as retinol, apha hydroxyl-acids or salicylic acid. These ingredients increase cell turnover, which in turn encourages your skin to grow new cells. This in turn helps reduces acne and any scarring that may have occurred due to persistent acne. However, one needs to consult a dermatologist before using products with the above named ingredients since they may cause the skin to flake and peel. This is especially the case if one is using other acne medication.
If you prefer a lighter acne moisturizer, then choose lotions instead of moisturizing creams since the latter are heavier. More to this, if your skin is sensitive as most acne prone skins are, choose a moisturizer that is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free. Most fragrances are capable of irritating sensitive skin thus worsening the appearance of the acne inflammations. If a moisturizer burns or stings the skin the first time you apply it, then it probably irritant components and you should thus quit using it.
Due to the acne ingredients in most acne treatments, it is most likely that your skin will develop photosensitivity. As such, always ensure that you pick an acne moisturizer that has sun screen. Often sunscreen is marked as the SPF content on the moisturizer’s label. Some of the acne treatments that can make your skin photosensitive include retin-A, accutane and benzyl peroxide.
In the contemporary consumer market, one can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer number of acne moisturizers available. If you are not sure about the exact moisturizer to pick for your skin type, always consult with your dermatologist. However, if you choose to purchase over-the-counter acne moisturizers without getting a prescription or a recommendation from the dermatologist, always know how best to balance cost and quality. Most people confuse a highly priced product as high in quality, but this is not always the case. Regardless of the decisions you make however, choose a moisturizer that best fits your skin type, and one that does not worsen the acne breakouts on your skin.