The causes and cures for Acne have been endlessly researched. The truth is there are many different types of acne and the causes are just as varied. Everything from hormones, diet and weather can lead to acne. And that is just the beginning!
You know how important moisturizing is for your skin. But what about acne-prone skin? Should we avoid moisturizers to help keep acne at bay? Actually, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. It depends on when you moisturize, what moisturizer you use and what skin type you have.
Want to know a secret? You need an oil-based moisturizer for your acne prone skin. Many people with oily skin worry about using any moisturizer, but would never DREAM of using an oil-based product. Oil-based products will actually help balance the sebum in your skin and help your skin from over producing more of it. Remember to always cleanse and tone your skin before you apply your moisturizer. If your skin isn’t clean before you apply your moisturizer, all the dirt and toxins on your skin will remain blocked in your pores!
Remember clever marketing tactics are designed to pull you into an impulse buy. The words you want to hear are upfront and visible. Be sure to look for these harmful ingredients before you fall for tricky marketing:
All of these harmful contaminants are widely used in moisturizers. They have been proved to be “endocrine blockers.” This means they interfere with our natural hormone production and actually cause breakouts. Your safest moisturizer option is to choose an organic product. When you choose natural products, you avoid all those nasty chemical cocktails!
The most common mistake is that people with acne prone skin, especially teenagers, believe that cleansing and washing the face with harsh chemical products will solve all their problems, but in most cases the problem gets worse simply because “stripping off” the fat layer, will produce a reaction and the “alarmed” skin – will produce more oil in order to protect itself.
All skin types, whether dry, normal or oily, need hydration. Hydration is vital for keeping the skin healthy, supple and young.
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition. It is caused by a reaction to your internal hormone levels. A calming, soothing moisturizer, applied once daily, will help keep your pores open and clear.
When you use a harsh, aggressive moisturizer that includes alcohol and other chemicals, it alters the chemistry of the fat layer of your epidermis. The skin reacts to these harsh chemicals. It becomes more inflamed and produces more oil. This clogs your pores and increases the acne. A good, organic light moisturizer, with anti-inflammatory botanicals, is very beneficial.
Dr. Spiezia, the formulator of Inlight cosmetics, suggests cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin twice a day. This routine is the key foundation for healthy, beautiful skin.
Read more about developing a healthy skincare routine in our article, “Your Inlight Daily Routine In 3 Steps”
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