There are tons of myths out there about the best way to treat acne — and we’re here to debunk one of them! A lot of people with acne and oily skin fear that using moisturizer will make their skin oilier (And cause more breakouts). But that’s not true! Actually, using the right moisturizer can reduce shine and acne breakouts.
Here’s why: Acne’s caused by dysfunction of the oil glands and the skin barrier function of the skin. Over drying the skin with harsh cleansers, exfoliators and “strong” anti-acne medications reduces the skin barrier of the skin — and increases the chance for breakouts.
A good acne treatment should include a MILD cleanser, an effective anti-acne cream AND a light, oil-free moisturizer. Yep, you gotta moisturize, even if your skin’s oily. Using an anti-acne cream is an effective treatment for acne, but you need a mild cleanser and oil-free moisturizer as well so you don’t damage the skin barrier.
So — what kind of moisturizer should you use if you have oily skin and acne?
Always use a moisturizer that’s oil free and non-comedogenic. Good acne-prone skin moisturizers and anti-acne creams use dimethicone (Our customized MDacne products use it!). This compound is known to reduce trans-epidermal water loss without leaving a greasy feel. It also contains both occlusive and emollient properties. Dimethicone is suitable for use in patients with acne and sensitive skin and is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.
Good moisturizers also often have botanical extracts like aloe vera or witch hazel (They’re known to have anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties).
Simply put, moisturizers are a must in acne treatment, even for people with oily skin!
Specially-formulated moisturizers for acne-prone skin can restore skin’s balance between the bacteria on the skin surface, repair the skin barrier, hydrate the skin and help it heal faster.