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Moisturizers and Acne

Acne is a condition that is traditionally associated with oily skin, but it can occur concurrently with dry skin or eczema. Even for those without particularly dry skin, winter months can easily drain the skin of moisture and cause dryness and irritation. This is especially the case for the dry and windy prairie areas. Moisturizers are an important part of overall skincare, but absolutely critical for those with dry skin problems. Unfortunately, the greasier moisturizers which provide the best protection against dryness can also trigger acne flares by clogging the pores.

When should I moisturize?

Most people assume that the choice of moisturizer product is the most important part of treating dry skin. While this is important, when you use it is often far more relevant. Moisturizers help the skin retain moisture better by adding a protective film to reduce water loss via evaporation. They also have other properties that help, but this is one of the key functions of a moisturizer. This means that if the skin is completely dry, this effect of preventing water loss is being wasted. It makes sense to apply moisturizers when your skin contains plenty of moisture already.

  • After showering or bathing the skin gains moisture
  • At this time, before completely drying off the body, apply a moisturizer
  • This seals in moisture and prevents water from being lost back into the air

Choosing Moisturizers for Acne

Thick moisturizers can sometimes aggravate acne, but dryness in the skin can be similarly annoying. Choose lighter moisturizers if you have a problem with acne, and choose products that are labelled non-comedogenic.

  • Moisturize once a day, after a shower or bath
  • Avoid overly greasy moisturizers
  • Watch out for the central face area and moisturize lightly around this area

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