Can you guess which the largest organ of the human body is?
Heart? Lungs? Brain? Liver?
In fact, it’s the skin.
Yes – really!
The skin is made up of millions of cells and weighs close to 11 kilograms (or 24lbs). It’s our absolute most exterior line of defense against irritants and injuries.
So it comes as no surprise that it could use a little TLC every now and then, to be given a chance to fight for yet another day.
Throughout this article I’ll be explaining what you need to think about when searching for the best moisturizer for acne prone skin.
You’ll also find a few tips on how to use your moisturizer correctly, and I’ll list my current personal top 3 favorite moisturizers.
What Is The Purpose of Moisturizers?
As your skin keeps taking hits from threats on the outside, like injuries or microbial invasion, its ability to fend them off can diminish over time. This will often result in dry skin, which is quite a complex process, really.
It’s time to get a bit technical. You see, the outer layer (stratum corneum) of the top layer of your skin (epidermis) can be viewed as the skin’s hydration central. It is from here that the moisture content in your skin is regulated.
The stratum corneum holds two main components (keratin and phospholipids), and they play a big role in the moisture regulation process. Together, they make sure to hold the moisture in the skin, and keep external irritants out.
However, when the skin happens to lose its phospholipid bilayers, we will end up with what we know as dry skin.
Luckily, moisturizers can be used to restore your skin back to normal and/or prevent it from drying out.
Applying Your Moisturizer – The Correct Way
Have you been using your moisturizer the wrong way all this time?
It’s important to apply your moisturizer in such a way that it benefits your skin the most. Else, there’s really no reason to go through the process every morning/evening, is there?
There are tons of tips and tricks from dermatologists floating out there on the internet. However, these are the ones I found most relevant to our topic:
- Apply to damp skin. If you read on the label of any moisturizer, chances are that it tells you to apply it to your skin shortly after washing. The reason for this is that damp skin absorbs moisture a lot better (and holds it in for much longer) than dry skin.
- Massage gently. I’ve been guilty of doing the exact opposite of this on more than one occasion. You know what I mean. Standing there, in front of the mirror, rubbing the face like it was your dining table. Be kind with your skin.
- Layer correctly. You should always start with your lightest product and work your way up to the thicker ones. For example, if you were treating yourself with acne medicine, you’d go wash, medicine, moisturizer and lastly sunscreen.
- Oil is not a moisturizer. Using oil for your skin is great, but only if you use it in combination with a moisturizer. The oil only treats the surface of the skin, while moisturizers actually pull water inside it. So use your moisturizer first, and then top it off with oil for a great result.
So Many Moisturizers – Which One Do I Pick?
Different skin types require different measures of treatment. Using the incorrect moisturizer for your skin will only do you a huge disservice. It could also trick you into thinking that the brand doesn’t work for you while you’re, in fact, holding a top quality product in your hand.
In order to avoid disappointment, I’d first make sure that the product I’ve bought actually was intended to be used with my skin type. These recommendations should help you to pick the right one.
- Dry or itchy skin. When your skin is dry or itchy, it usually needs a moisturizer that can keep the water from leaving the skin. Using a thick ointment could help with locking the moisture in.
- Normal skin. Creams are often used for normal skin. They’re a bit thinner than ointments and generally do an excellent job of keeping the skin hydrated.
- Oily skin (acne prone). For acne prone skin, lotion is usually recommended as the main moisturizer. It’s the lightest of the three and its main ingredient is water.
My TOP 3 Acne Moisturizers
There is a plethora of different moisturizers for acne-prone skin out there. However, I feel that with some of them, you pay more for the brand itself than the actual quality of the product.
Below are my three current favorite moisturizers for people who suffer from acne. They have been praised by dermatologists all around the world on more than one occasion, so I’d say it’s pretty safe to assume that the products work for others as well.
I have listed them in no particular order. They are all good and ultimately you should be the one to make an informed decision based on what skin type you have.
Testing Your Way to Results
As you know, we all have different skin types. There is a common misconception that there’s one moisturizer out there that suits all types of skin. This is simply not true.
In fact, it can be quite necessary to go through several products before you find one that works for you.
By reading this, I hope that you have a bit clearer understanding of what kind of moisturizer you should keep an eye out for the next time you feel like shopping. I wouldn’t want to see you end up paying for a product that was never meant to work from the beginning.
Finally, remember to apply your moisturizer correctly in order to increase your chances of finding a product that actually works with your skin type. Without proper application, your results could be disappointing. And there’s no point in that, is there?
What do you think? Are there any better conditioners out there for acne-prone skin? Drop me a comment below and let’s have a chat!
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