Just because your skin breaks out, don’t assume your skin doesn’t need moisture. While you’re wise to be wary of creams causing even more skin problems than you already have, here are some products you can feel good about using.
Why you should moisturize
Shying away from moisturizer when you have acne-prone skin actually can backfire. When your skin is dry, it overproduces oil to compensate, thereby contributing to breakouts. So rather than skip that step in your daily skin care routine, give moisturizer a try, especially if you live in a dry or cold climate or spend a lot of time in heated or air-conditioned offices — all of which can suck moisture out of your skin.
Mistakes to avoid
Now that you are going to moisturize, there some things to consider. Not all moisturizers are created equal. Dry-skin formulas are thick and heavy, making them perfect pore cloggers . Instead, opt for a gel formula that doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. Also, don’t buy anything with a lot of fragrance, which can irritate your skin — the more natural the product, the better.
Products to try
Many products are geared for controlling oil and shine while delivering that much-needed moisture to your skin. Some good options include Philosophy On A Clear Day Oil-Free Moisturizer ($23), Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer ($17) and Boscia Clear Complexion Moisturizer ($36), all of which are oil-free and work to moisturize and help clear up blemishes.