Choosing The Right Moisturizer When You Have Acne
Many people believe they are experiencing a bout of acne when they’re merely using the wrong products for their skin type. We are going to discuss something that is extremely common among those with acne prone skin. How to moisturize, without creating blemishes.
All skin needs moisturizing, even acne prone skin. I Education Manager at the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, Emma Hobson, shares how you can buy the perfect moisturizer for your acne prone skin.
“It’s important to… keep the skin well hydrated. If the skin becomes dehydrated, it can become flaky and will actually lead to skin congesting,” explains Hobson. Moisturizers creates a barrier on the skin, which prevents an increase in sensitivity and the build up of bacteria, along with protecting the skin from environmental damage. The environment, bacteria, and congestion can cause acne to flare up and also breakouts are not acne related.
If you use one with the proper list of ingredients, it can also help you to clear up acne. There are ingredients that help clear an acne skin condition. Salicylic acid will open pores that are clogged. Allantoin, camphor, oat extract, and green tea do a great job to keep acne inflammation under control. Cinnamon extract, zinc gluconate, spiraea and ulmaria extract are effective for controlling bacteria. Tea tree, zinc gluconate, biotin and yeast extract are all good at stopping breakouts.
Hobson also shares a tip for reducing the size of your pores, a common issue for people with acne prone skin. Reducing oil flow is the most effective way to reduce pore size. An ingredient recommended is Enantia Chlorantha Bark. It can accomplish a 36% reduction in pore size, 49% reduction in sebum flow, and 55% less skin shine.
Of course, you want your moisturizer to fight your acne. But you also want it to lubricate. Hobson recommends these ingredients for maximum moisture.
Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA-moisture binding humectants that hold in moisture for the day.
Salicornia Extract – an extract that retards dehydration.
Algae Extract – restores the skin’s moisture.
Tomato Seed Oil – a source of lycopene-rich lipids.
Bamboo and Pea – work to stimulate hyaluronic activity, which leads to increased skin hydration and elasticity.
Glucosamine stimulates hyaluronic formation.
Niacinamide – a stronger form of vitamin B-3, and it aids in treating dehydration while it works to protect the skin from loss of moisture.
Why is my moisturizer making me break out, then?
If moisturizers cause you t0 break out, it could be due to it being comedogenic. Products that are comedogenic can cause clogged pores and skin congestion. It is recommended to make sure the product has ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label.
“You may also be using a product that is too active for your skin,” explains Hobson. She explained further that using the wrong moisturizer for the type of skin you have or the condition of your skin can also lead to breakouts. If you any concerns, visit a skin specialist to determine what your skin type and condition is, and go from there.
Hobson also explains that breakouts can be just the skin clearing itself. It may be short term, if you’re using a skin care product that pulls out dirt and other impurities.