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Dealing With Acne or Rosacea? Moisturizing is Key in Treatment

moisturizer for acnIf you are one of the millions of people dealing with acne or rosacea, your skincare regimen is a very important step in treatment. At the annual summer meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New York City, the best practices in skincare were addressed for dermatologists to relay back to their patients. One of the biggest points concerned the importance of using moisturizer in your skincare regimen. Moisturizing is Good One of the biggest misconceptions for acne-prone skin types is that moisturizer is a bad thing. Because people with acne generally have oily skin, it's an easy assumption to make that adding more moisture to the skin is not  necessary. But this is actually untrue. All skin types need hydration, in the form of a good moisturizer. Especially for those with acne or rosacea who are using topical antibiotics and prescription treatments, which can make the skin extremely dry and irritated. In fact, research shows that people who use a moisturizer in conjunction with their acne or rosacea treatments are more compliant with their medications, as the skin is less irritated and red thanks to the moisturizer. Practice a technique we call "sandwiching" with your moisturizer. This means applying it before and after your acne or rosacea treatment, so as to protect the skin from irritation, making it easier to tolerate those sometimes harsh active ingredients. What Moisturizer to Use? While it's super important to use moisturizer, as mentioned above, it is also crucial to do a serious edit of the ingredients in your moisturizer, particularly if you have acne. You want to avoid any pore-clogging ingredients such as mineral oil and petrolatum. Look for key phrases such as oil-free and non-comedogenic. What do you want in your moisturizer? Look for ceramides, silicone and dimethicone--all are very hydrating without being heavy on the skin.
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