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Good Moisturizers for Acne Prone Skin

author image Mary Gray
A pop culture junkie, Italophile and chronic sufferer of the travel bug, Mary Gray is an arts, entertainment and travel writer. Based in Florence, Italy, she is the Tuscany news editor of "The Florentine" English newspaper, co-manages social media for an international tour operator, and has been published in Italian daily "La Repubblica."
Good Moisturizers for Acne Prone Skin
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Choosing a moisturizer can be confusing, particularly if you have oily or acne-prone skin. If you're using anti-acne products, which can be quite drying, failing to moisturize your skin will only exacerbate acne. Though it may seem counterintuitive to hydrate skin that already produces excess oil, you should never skip this step in your skincare regimen -- instead, make some modifications for your skin type.

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Types of Moisturizers and Essential Ingredients

To keep your complexion fresh and dewy rather than greasy and shiny, "Real Simple" magazine recommends choosing a moisturizing lotion or gel over a cream. Typically, creams are more likely to clog pores, further aggravating your acne. Salicylic acid is contained in some moisturizers and can help banish blemishes, especially when combined with a mild cleanser. "Allure" magazine's top pick for oily and acne-prone skin types is Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion, which contains soothing elements such as witch hazel and hops. Be sure whatever moisturizer you choose is oil-free and noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores.

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