Moisturizer for Acne

The first step in maintaining an acne-free skin is to ensure you follow a proper cleansing routine. This can effectively prevent acne from worsening and clear it up before it gets too severe. Taking care of the skin is important and not so difficult to achieve. There is a range of products that can prevent bacteria from attacking your skin. For acne-prone skin, you must select the right products. One of them is a good moisturizer for acne that is not oil based.

How does moisturizer for acne help?

An oil-free moisturizer for acne can keep the skin hydrated especially if it is dry. If the moisturizer contains exfoliating products like alpha hydroxyl acids and salicylic acid it works in combination as an excellent acne treatment.  A moisturizer for acne must especially be used when benzoyl peroxide is being applied to treat the condition. Benzoyl peroxide and facial cleansers with salicylic acid dries the skin.

It is important to use the moisturizer when the skin is still damp. Moisturizers do not add water but can help dry skin by locking in the water that is absorbed during a bath. A layer of moisturizer can be applied to the skin over an application of benzoyl peroxide or other acne medications. This prevents drying out of the skin and allows the medications to work. Moisturizers with glycolic acid are also beneficial as this is a good OTC product to combat acne. For very scaly skin, there are heavy-duty moisturizers that a dermatologist only can prescribe.

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Choosing the right moisturizer for acne

The first factor to consider when choosing a moisturizer for acne is to ensure it is oil-free. Oil-based moisturizers increase acne breakouts since they clog pores. When acne is caused due to over production of oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, adding more oil by using oil-based moisturizers is detrimental. 

Apart from choosing an oil-free moisturizer, it is important to get one that is non-comedogenic. Choose moisturizers for acne with a mineral oil or petrolatum base. For scaly and dry skin, light non-oily moisturizers like ‘Olay Oil-free Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid’, ‘Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion’, ‘Nivea Ultra Moisturizing Crème’ and ‘Eucerin Daily Control & Care Moisturizer’ are all good products. Apart from these, there are many other excellent moisturizers available. You just need to know which ingredients to avoid if you have acne. 

Your moisturizer for acne must have sunscreens in them. Sunscreens protect acne from darkening besides preventing premature aging of skin and skin cancer. Hyperpigmentation is one side effect of acne. It can fade on its own but becomes darker when exposed to the sun. The dark marks stimulate melanocytes, which then produce more pigments. Hence, choose a moisturizer with SPF 35 at least.

You can even use a sunscreen over it if your moisturizer does not contain it. For men with acne-prone skin, a light moisturizer can be applied after shaving.  

There are many moisturizers with natural ingredients that can cleanse the skin, regulate oil production and help maintain a smooth and healthy skin. These are safe to use and inexpensive too. They do not contain chemicals that can harm very sensitive skin.

  • Olive oil is very good for acne for it dissolves impurities, nourishes skin and unclogs pores. It also contains vitamin E an antioxidant that helps the skin combat external agents that cause acne outbreaks and inflammation. Simply put a few drops on a cotton swab and dab on the face.
  • Milk and honey are excellent cleansers besides contain antimicrobial properties. They can remove debris and impurities from the skin that cause acne. Honey is an antiseptic and antioxidant that prevents radical damage to the skin. Honey is a humectant attracts and traps moisture. This helps hydrate the skin. Milk fights acne as it has lactic acid that is a gentle exfoliating agent. Both milk and honey soothe inflammatory acne. Mix equal parts of milk and honey and apply on the face with a cotton swab. Leave on the skin for 10 minutes and wash.
  • Oatmeal contains beta-glucen that hydrates the skin and avenanthramides (oat phytoalexin – an antimicrobial substance) that soothe the skin. It also relieves inflammation and itching caused by dry acne lesions. It is also a good facial scrub and can remove impurities. This helps refine enlarged pores and control production of oil. Whole-grain oatmeal can be mixed with a little water and applied in a circular motion to the skin.

Precautions when using moisturizers for acne

Moisturizers can even be a source of producing acne if they contain ingredients that irritate the skin prone to acne. Some of the ingredients that can produce acne are searic acid, cetyl alcohol and acetylated lanolin. Manufacturers use these products to help easy application of moisturizers. However, these are comedogenic products and if you have acne, remember to avoid these products. 

It is important to ensure the moisturizer for acne you purchase states very clearly that it is oil-free. Many moisturizers available claim they fight acne but may contain agents that causes acne. So, make sure the product is non-greasy, lightweight, water-based and hypoallergenic so that it does not clog pores.

Always ensure you wash your hands, and then cleanse your face before applying the moisturizer. Cleanliness ensures that bacteria on the hands do not touch the acne and lead to further outbreaks.