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How do I moisturize my face without causing more acne?

How do I moisturize my face without causing more acne?

Hydration: Remember that one of the best ways to hydrate your skin is by keeping your body well hydrated - you will likely notice immediate benefits if you increase your water intake during the day. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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Could you apply acne moisturizer on your whole face?

Could you apply acne moisturizer on your whole face?

Yes: Your skin should be moisturized to stay healthy. So yes you should moisturize your entire face and neck. ...Read more

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Should I put acne medication on my face or moisturizer on first?

Should I put acne medication on my face or moisturizer on first?

Medication: After the application of the topical acne medication, apply the moisturizer. ...Read more

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Which is the best face-wash and moisturizer for someone with acne?

Which is the best face-wash and moisturizer for someone with acne?

Pick ingredients: Most over the counter acne products have the same few active ingredients, anything with salicylic acid is likley going to help, 2% is probably best for most. 10% glycolic acid washes can be helpful. Benzoyl peroxide washes can be great for acne, but hard on your skin, ie drying, redness etc. If you are having problems controlling acne, call your family doc! Pick any non-comedogenic moisturizer. ...Read more

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Please describe a good routine face wash/moisturizer for keeping away acne?

Please describe a good routine face wash/moisturizer for keeping away acne?

Acne: Acne is not really due to poor hygiene or in adequate washing. In fact, you can wash excessively and remove protective skin oils leaving skin dry and sensitive or scrubbing to frequently or vigorously causing heperkeratosis and comedone formation. Consult your dermatologist about a home skin care routine. You can decrease Acne formation, but will not prevent it by optimal hygiene. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which is more important in fighting acne: the right face wash or moisturizer?

Any suggestions on which is more important in fighting acne: the right face wash or moisturizer?

Wash, but...: Neither will be sufficient to manage most acne, especially in teens. A salicylic-acid based was may help with very mild disease. For anything else, if two weeks on topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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I stopped all acne medicines except for topical clindymiacin. I switched to facial wash/moisturizer that is very gentle. Now my face is broke out??

I stopped all acne medicines except for topical clindymiacin. I switched to facial wash/moisturizer that is very gentle. Now my face is broke out??

Depending on what: Medications you were on before, you may need to contact your doctor about going back on some other medications, either oral or stronger topical. They will be able to better advise and help you. ...Read more

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Allergic to BP, face so sensitive it cannot tolerate any topicals even gentle moisturizer. Wash face 2x day. What else can you suggest 4 my acne? Time?

Allergic to BP, face so sensitive it cannot tolerate any topicals even gentle moisturizer. Wash face 2x day. What else can you suggest 4 my acne? Time?

See a dermatologist: Maybe you will improve with doxycycline 20, 50, or 100mg a day. Or minocycline 50 0r 100mg. Expect 2 or 3 months to see result. Usually these oral treatments are well tolerated. ...Read more

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Does it matter what lotion or moisturizer should I use for my face (with acne)?

Does it matter what lotion or moisturizer should I use for my face (with acne)?

Non-comedogenic: I am glad to hear that you understand that despite acne or oil-prone skin, it is very important to moisturize daily. The key to a good moisturizer is to ensure it is non-comedogenic or non-pimple forming. Cetaphil, cerave, neutrogena and aveeno (oatmeal) all make great moisturizers that fall into this category. ...Read more

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I have acne prone skin can I use rosewater and glycerin on face as moisturizer?

I have acne prone skin can I use rosewater and glycerin on face as moisturizer?

Yes: That should be fine. Of course if you notice that it irritates the skin then stop. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good face wash/moisturizer to help with acne/acne scarring?

Can you recommend a good face wash/moisturizer to help with acne/acne scarring?

No one answer: Skin care regimens vary greatly depending on your skin type and may benefit from oral and/or topical medications prescribed by a dermatologist. I generally recommend cetaphil daily facial cleanser and eucerin facial moisturizer with spf but this is only a suggestion and may need to be modified for you. ...Read more

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21, male. Face reacts to every topical/moisturizer besides zinc and basic face wash. When should my acne finally stop being stubborn and clear up?

21, male. Face reacts to every topical/moisturizer besides zinc and basic face wash. When should my acne finally stop being stubborn and clear up?

Unknown: Although many people's acne improves after adolescence, in some cases people will have acne for their whole life. It is hard to know if you will "outgrow" acne, however continue good hygiene by washing your face with mild soap daily, and consider using benzoyl peroxide daily. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acne to go away if I follow this routine twice daily:wash face, apply salicylic acid 2%, wait 1 minute, apply moisturizer gel?

How long does it take for acne to go away if I follow this routine twice daily:wash face, apply salicylic acid 2%, wait 1 minute, apply moisturizer gel?

Hard to predict: Acne is often thought to be just a ritual of passage through the teen years. However, a percentage will continue to fight this problem well into their 30's or beyond. Persistence in spite of a good routine is part of life for some. ...Read more

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Is vaseline petroleum jelly bad to put on the face and night as a moisturizer for acne prone skin?

Is vaseline petroleum jelly bad to put on the face and night as a moisturizer for acne prone skin?

Moisturizer: Vaseline use on the face could actually promote more breakouts. A fragrance free moisturizer and cleanser is acne friendly. ...Read more

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I've got acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and redness. Can someone recommend me a good drugstore face moisturizer?

I've got acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and redness. Can someone recommend me a good drugstore face moisturizer?

Moisturizer: A fragrance free moisturizer such as cereve or cetaphil may be used for dry acne prone skin. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options for hyper pigmentation, acne, and redness. ...Read more

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I am experiencing oily skin along with acne. How do I get rid of my oily skin? I wash my face everyday, use toner and moisturizer. I also exercise.

I am experiencing oily skin along with acne. How do I get rid of my oily skin? I wash my face everyday, use toner and moisturizer. I also exercise.

Oily skin: How much transfats and other oils are in your diet? Good oils include coconut oil and olive oil. Please avoid junk food and fast food. Lots of fruits and vegetables are healthy and detoxing. Avoid any skin product w/alcohol in it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What happens if I use too much clindamycin gel for acne on my face? Will overuse be counteractive? Can I apply moisturizer over it once dried?

What happens if I use too much clindamycin gel for acne on my face? Will overuse be counteractive? Can I apply moisturizer over it once dried?

Clindamycin gel: Overuse if the gel can cause drying of the face. Stop the gel and apply moisturizers until your face is less dry and then reaply clindamycin ...Read more

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Bar soap or a cleanser to clean my face? And moisturizer or lotion for very dry, acne prone skin? My skin always feels dry and tight!

Bar soap or a cleanser to clean my face? And moisturizer or lotion for very dry, acne prone skin? My skin always feels dry and tight!

Good skin care: Although visiting a dermatologist to determine the cause (hormonal, skin care, topical reaction, etc) may be the best first step. A variety of skin care regimens ranging from gentle cleansers with appropriate moisturizers and exfoliation with the possible prescription of oral or topical retinoids may be a good beginning. However topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc may help. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Shea tea tree shampoo then neutrogena acne pads after shower and then finishing with Shea moisturizer? I keep a shaved head.

Is it safe to use Shea tea tree shampoo then neutrogena acne pads after shower and then finishing with Shea moisturizer? I keep a shaved head.

SHEA COSMETICS: I DO NOT SEE ANY HARM IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING. THEY ARE SAFE ENOUGH, UNLESS YOU DEVELOP AN ALLERGY TO THEM. . . HOWEVER, I DO NOT KNOW WHY YOU ARE DOING THEM. BEST LUCK ...Read more

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