Does Moisturizer Help Acne?
For centuries, people suffering from acne believed that the answer to reducing skin problems is to dry up the skin. Common sense also tells us that drying up the skin will reduce acne, but is it really the case and can moisturizer help to reduce acne?
We have decided to investigate these questions and find out if acne could potentially be minimized with a good moisturizer. We also looked at different types of moisturizers to see if any moisturizer will be good for someone with acne, and if they should consider using a specific type of moisturizer.
The dry skin myth
Ask your elders for advice and you will hear them say that you should dry out the skin to keep the pores open and reduce acne, but recent studies have shown us that dry skin does not necessarily keep acne from appearing, and the red and blue rays of the sun are the best natural cure you can find for acne.
People sometimes use alcohol skin products to try and dry out the skin, but alcohol is not good for the skin and it has been associated with inflammation and other skin problems when overused. Moisturizers actually keep the pores open, and this will keep any blemishes from forming, which should also help to reduce any acne on your face.
Sunlight also has a negative effect on the skin, and if you know anyone who frequently works in the sun, you will notice they have no acne, but brown spots and age spots are a common problem from too much sunlight. Sunlight dries out the skin, but without a moisturizer, it could lead to many problems, including skin cancer.
So why use moisturizer?
A moisturizer is ideal for people with acne, and it helps clear the skin of oil and grease. The moisturizer also has cleansing properties that will clean the skin of any bacteria and also clean bacteria from open pores.
Dry skin and closed pores can be the ideal breeding ground for the bacteria in the skin, and without any water or moisture, these closed pores and bacteria will lead to acne and the red pimples you find on your forehead and cheeks. Dry skin also reduces muscle movement in the face and this will keep the pores closed, while hydrated skin will give you optimal facial muscle movement and keep and allow some of the pores to open up and let the bacteria out.
Moisturizing is not, unfortunately, a miracle worker, and you will find specific types of moisturizers for your face. Some people are allergic to certain ingredients and this will push them in a different direction when it comes to selecting a moisturizer. We highly suggest that you try out a moisturizer and see the difference in your face. You will also be surprised at how much less acne you have over time.
How many moisturizers should I use?
With so many brands available, it should come as no surprise that manufacturers are trying to milk you for every cent, and you will also see many ads on TV that tell you to use multiple different moisturizers; there is actually no evidence to back up this claim and it has been used as a marketing ploy to sell more products to you.
Scientific research suggests that having one moisturizer, or simply just keeping your skin hydrated, will be enough to reduce acne. Acne-specific products are also designed to hydrate your skin and if it is a lotion or just some cheaper product, many of them will hydrate your skin enough to reduce acne. Moisturizers will not take away acne, and you will see a reduced level of acne as your hormones change and as you become more active in life.
We should also mention that exercise does make you sweat, and sweat will keep the pores open as well, as long as you take in enough water during the day. The constant circulation of water will ensure that bacteria wash out, and when you combine this with a decent face wash, you should also see a decrease in acne.
To prove this, sports athletes suffer less from acne than the non-sporting person. There are, however, a few exceptions, and the real debate of eliminating acne are still ongoing. The best way to stop acne is to simply prevent it and keep your face clean, hydrated, and moisturized.
Scientific studies and tests done on acne are plentiful, and with a simple internet search, you should have access to all of this information; you can then decide for yourself the truth from the lies.
We hope that you have learned something about moisturizing and acne in this article and that you might not be afraid of using a moisturizer anymore. We still recommend getting the right moisturizer for your face, and consider working out more. But a clean face is your best bet.
Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comments below and let us know how you deal with acne and keep acne from spoiling life for you.