How moisturizing helps treat acne
In this article you'll discover how moisturizing helps treat acne...
Want that radiant, glowing skin? Moisturize. Want skin that does not flake and peel? Moisturize.
Want to deal the final blow to your acne problems? MOISTURIZE!!! You might think at this point that I feel strongly about this last (sometimes overlooked) step in your acne treatment. You would be right.
This step of acne treatment prepares your face to meet the day. I've heard moisturizing called one of the world's best kept beauty secrets. Why moisturize? Because dry, irritated skin sheds cells, and as we all know, those cells clog your pores that soon need acne treatment.
Moisturizers do exactly what the name implies; they replace moisture on the face that washing and toning steps in your daily acne treatment regimen remove.
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Some contain a spf 15 sunscreen in them to protect your most exposed skin from the harsh sun. A few people are allergic to moisturizers with sunscreen, and some find that they sting already irritated sensitive skin.
The ingredients in the moisturizers are the key to how they lock moisture into your skin. Four types of ingredients make up any moisturizer. Humectants are used in food to keep things moist and in a liquid form. Glycerin is a common humectant, propylene glycol (prop.) is a derivative of it, and is also better known as anti-freeze in a car. Some doctors believe it causes cancer, many would warn against using it during pregnancy. 'Prop.' found in almost any liquid or bar soaps.
Natural Moisturizing Factors are salts and amino acids; these penetrate the skin and hold water, making the skin of even the most sensitive acne treatment patient soft and pliable. Emollients work as acne treatments to create a barrier between your skin and the world, they seal in moisture and seal out dirt. Oil is a great emollient. Oil is also one of the best ways to get more pimples. Everything for your acne treatment should be 'oil free.' Lanolin is another emollient; it's derived from tallow and some people are allergic to it. Finally, an emulsifier is added to the mix. This is really three categories in one.
Most moisturizers will have emulsifiers like lecithin (also found in egg whites) to keep the mix smooth and the ingredients from separating. It will also probably include a preservative to keep any fats in the product from braking down. And perhaps a fragrance... do NOT buy a moisturizer with a fragrance their irritating properties could be the undoing of your acne treatments. The only product that should smell should be your perfume.
Neutrogena makes the most highly recommended acne treatment moisturizers. The 'Oil Free Moisture' line is available in spf15, without the sunscreen for sensitive skin, for combination skin (also with and without sunscreen). Many other moisturizers work with acne remedies, it depends on your skin type and sensitivities. Again look for oil free, 'non-comedogenic' (won't clog pores), perfume free and dye free moisturizer.
Want to have that magazine cover skin? Well then, don't forget to keep to your twice daily acne treatment routine of wash, medicate or tone, and moisturize! These steps all together should keep you acne free. Remember that your dermatologist will be your best source for acne information.