Should people with acne avoid skin care products like lotion and sunscreen?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A common myth claims that people with acne should avoid using certain skin care products, like moisturizers or sunscreens, because they will make skin more oily and increase breakouts. However, this isn't quite the case-it's still important for people with acne to moisturize and protect their skin. Simply choose the right products, like oil-free moisturizers and sunscreens specially formulated for faces or sensitive skin. Also, if skin is sensitive to certain chemicals like lauryl sulfates, be sure to avoid products with those irritating ingredients.

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