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What type of facial moisturizer should I use for oily, acne prone skin?

Dr. Ellen S. Marmur, MD
Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

It's important to read your skin accurately, and if it already feels more than moisturized after washing, then skip this step. Why hydrate an already oily surface? There's no point. But if you feel slightly tight (especially if your cleanser contains salicylic acid or a drying detergent), use a water-based, lightweight lotion or gel formulation that contains more humectant ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin) than waxy or oily emollients. It's important for you to look for the word "noncomedogenic" on the label. A comedone is a blackhead or whitehead plugging up a pore, and you certainly don't want anything that can contribute to those (namely, occlusive ingredients such as mineral oil, lanolin, or petrolatum). Don't forget sunscreen; at least wear a powder containing a titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunblock; or try a face wash containing sunscreen ingredients.

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