The Lotion Conundrum: Moisturizing Acne-Prone Skin

By: Maria Trimarchi

The Lotion Conundrum: Moisturizing Acne-Prone Skin
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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
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.
false

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What does the term non-comedogenic mean?
The product will treat acne.
The product contains sunscreen.
The product won't cause acne.
Non-comedogenic (as well as non-acnegenic) moisturizers are typically oil-free and won't cause breakouts.

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True or false: Natural products are better for your acne-prone skin.
true
false
Not necessarily. There are few to no rules about labeling a product as "natural," so buyer beware.

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What type of moisturizer should you choose if you have acne-prone skin?
creamy, oil-based lotions
non-comedogenic, water-based formulas
People prone to breakouts should choose oil-free, water-based moisturizers.
creams formulated with vitamin K

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What type of moisturizer absorbs moisture from the air to hydrate your skin?
lubricant
humectant
Humectants work by drawing moisture from your environment to hydrate your skin.
emollient

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Which should you apply to your clean face first, acne medication or moisturizer?
acne treatments, then moisturizer
After washing your face, apply acne treatments first to allow them time to penetrate your skin before you apply moisturizer.
moisturizer, then acne treatments

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Which type of moisturizers usually contain more lipids (oils and fats)?
serums
lotions
creams
Cream moisturizers contain more fats and oils and are best for dry skin.

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What acne-controlling ingredient causes sun sensitivity?
glycerin
lipids
retinol
Retinol, a topical vitamin A in products such as Retin-A, increases sun sensitivity.

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What causes those dark, brown spots that sometimes appear after an acne breakout?
excess melanin
Excess melanin is to blame for those dark, brown spots left behind by acne.
excess melatonin
a side effect of topical vitamin A creams

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How much moisturizer should most people use on their face?
a pea-sized amount
Most people only need about a pea-sized amount of lotion to keep their face hydrated.
a palm full
1 ounce

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You Got:
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