Acne & Moisturizer
The last consideration you make when you are trying to determine how to treat your acne is to apply a moisturizer to your skin. After all, oil is what causes acne for many people, so you do not want to add any additional oils from a moisturizer to your skin. Dermatologists, however, have discovered that moisturizers are good for acne.
Acne is characterized by blemishes that can appear anywhere on your body, though they are most common on the face, neck, back and chest. Common forms include the mild whiteheads and blackheads, the moderate pustules and papules and the severe nodules and cysts.
In most cases, acne is treated by eliminating oil from the face. Since it is usually a combination of oil and dead skin cells that cause clogged pores and blemishes, it makes sense to strip away oil. However, many common treatments like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, sulfur and prescription drugs can dry out your skin so badly that it actually causes more blemishes to form.
There are four main moisturizer types that you can use in combination with an acne treatment. They are humectants, occlusives, rejuvenators and emollients.
A few good examples include Wave Nouveau Daily Humectant Moisturizing Lotion (a humectant), Vaseline (occlusive), Nano Cyclic Serum Rejuvenator Moisturizer (rejuvenator) and Philosophy Inner Grace Perfumed Body Butter (emollient).
While all these moisturizer types help add moisture to the skin and eliminate the dryness and flakiness that so often results from harsh acne treatments, some are better for acne than others. For instance, you should steer clear of products that contain oil (usually emollients), as these products can exacerbate acne. Try to avoid fragrances, parabens and other irritants as well.
When using a moisturizer on your skin in conjunction with an acne treatment, you should know that the aim of a lotion or cream is to seal in moisture. That is, it can prevent your skin from losing water throughout the day, repair the outer layer of your skin from previous damage and improve the function of storing water within the skin. Likewise, you will notice much less peeling or flakiness from drying acne treatments when used together.
By using an oil-free moisturizer along with your other acne treatments, you should see an overall improvement in the texture and appearance of your skin within a few weeks. At the least, the irritation of your blemishes should be reduced. You should notice less peeling skin and fewer negative side effects from acne treatment products.
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