Finding the perfect moisturizer is hard for anyone—especially people with oily or acne-prone skin. But it is possible to find the best moisturizer for acne, we promise!
Part of the challenge is that people with acne-prone skin do everything in their power to keep oiliness away (trust me, I know). My thought process used be that moisturizers—some of which contain oil and can leave a greasy feeling on the skin—would cause more breakouts. So, I proceeded only with caution.
However, dermatologists agree that moisturizing is an essential step in every skincare routine, one that can even help soothe and prevent acne if done correctly. "It may seem counterintuitive, but oily skin types need a moisturizer in order for their complexion to stay healthy and balanced," says Smiley van Zyl, Founder for Dermasure and Zone Skincare.
Although I've made my peace with moisturizing my combination (and often acne-prone) skin, it doesn't mean that every moisturizer will work for all skin type. Figuring out the best way to moisturize for your skin is often just a matter of choosing the best moisturizer for acne-prone skin like yours.
There are a few keywords to look for when shopping for an acne-friendly daily moisturizer. "You always want to look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic brand for acne," says Smiley van Zyl, Founder for Dermasure and Zone Skincare. If the product is noncomedogenic, that means it’s less likely to clog pores and, therefore, less likely to cause a breakout.
But not all acne-prone skin is oily. In fact, dry skin, normal skin, sensitive skin, basically any skin can be prone to breakouts as well, depending on all kinds of environmental, hormonal and genetic factors. For those skin types, it’s still important to look for non-comedogenic products to avoid adding any more oil to the situation, but they’ll need to find a moisturizer that also addresses their skin’s other concerns, like dryness.
In order to get the lowdown on some great moisturizer options that won't break you out, we talked to a few dermatologists to find out the expert picks they typically recommend to their patients.
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