The Lotion Conundrum: Moisturizing Acne-Prone Skin

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Moisturizing your skin when it's prone to breakouts. Good? Bad? Ugly? Test what you know about how to care for acne-prone skin.

True or false: It's important to moisturize, even if you have acne-prone skin.

True. No matter what your skin type, most people can benefit from using moisturizer, especially if you're using acne-fighting treatments that might dry out your skin.


What does the term non-comedogenic mean?

Non-comedogenic (as well as non-acnegenic) moisturizers are typically oil-free and won't cause breakouts.


True or false: Natural products are better for your acne-prone skin.

Not necessarily. There are few to no rules about labeling a product as "natural," so buyer beware.


What type of moisturizer should you choose if you have acne-prone skin?

People prone to breakouts should choose oil-free, water-based moisturizers.


What type of moisturizer absorbs moisture from the air to hydrate your skin?

Humectants work by drawing moisture from your environment to hydrate your skin.


Which should you apply to your clean face first, acne medication or moisturizer?

After washing your face, apply acne treatments first to allow them time to penetrate your skin before you apply moisturizer.


Which type of moisturizers usually contain more lipids (oils and fats)?

Cream moisturizers contain more fats and oils and are best for dry skin.


What acne-controlling ingredient causes sun sensitivity?

Retinol, a topical vitamin A in products such as Retin-A, increases sun sensitivity.


What causes those dark, brown spots that sometimes appear after an acne breakout?

Excess melanin is to blame for those dark, brown spots left behind by acne.


How much moisturizer should most people use on their face?

Most people only need about a pea-sized amount of lotion to keep their face hydrated.


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