Finding a balance with acne prone skin can be quite a daunting task. After all, if you moisturize too heavily and too often, you end up with skin that feels like an oil slick. On the other hand, if you do not moisturize, even the oiliest of skins can feel all flaky and dried out. Suffice it to say that your only choice is to deal with an oil spill on your face or have it as dry as the Sahara. It is easy to imagine just how horrible it is for people with acne-prone and combination skin.
Aside from worrying about the amount of times you moisturize, you also need to think of the kind of moisturizer you use to deal with certain skin conditions such as dry and aging skin, skin that is prone to sunburns, etc. Figuring out this whole moisturizer business can make even the most level headed person go crazy. Indeed, figuring out how often to apply moisturizer for acne-prone skin is a doozy but it can be done and below are some tips that will help you do it.
Moisturizer for Acne-prone Skin
Ideally, you should only apply moisturizer twice a day. Once when you wash your face in the morning and again after you wash your face at night but only after you have applied other anti-acne treatments. Of course there are some concessions to this rule because there are times when you may need to apply it more often. For instance, if your face feels a bit dry during winter then you can apply moisturizer mid-day. If your face is greasy and sweaty during the summer months, you can splash water on your face and pat dry with a towel – no need to moisturize since your natural oils should be enough.
Formula makes a world of difference when it comes to folks with acne-prone skin. Remember that cream moisturizers come with lots of fats and oils (lipids) and are made for dry skin. If your skin is acne-prone you might want to skip the cream facial moisturizers and opt for serums and lotions instead since they are light. Make sure you choose ones that are non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic. If you bought moisturizer that doesn’t cause breakouts but feels a bit heavy then you can remedy that by mixing water into your moisturizer.
If your skin is acne-ridden but also happens to be extremely flaky and dry then you can use a heavier cream. Just make sure it is the non comedogenic kind. According to experts, it is very important for patients with acne to maintain the moisture levels of their skin because acne products, especially vitamin A, may dry out the skin and cause it to peel.
For older women that suffer from acne, you need to be careful with anti-aging products since they tend to be geared towards drier skin and may clog pores. This leads to acne which means even bigger skin problems for you. For those of you that suffer from dreaded crow’s feet and acne, look for anti-aging products that are non-comedogenic.