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If your skin is acne-prone or oily, you might think that skipping the moisturizer is okay. But moisturization is the key to getting healthy skin, according to dermatologists. Acne treatments tend to dry out your skin and dehydrated skin can aggravate breakouts. You might want to use a moisturizer that is right for your skin instead of skipping it. 

Understanding Acne

Acne or acne vulgaris is a skin condition that occurs when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells, oils and a type of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). [1]

Factors causing Acne

  • Hormones 
  • Stress 
  • Certain medications 
  • Poor hygiene 
  • Wrong skin care products 
  • Sun 
  • Unhealthy Diet

Acne is broadly classified as non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne do not cause swelling. Non-inflammatory acne is divided into open and closed comedones (clogged pores). (2) Black heads and white heads are non-inflammatory acne. 

Inflammatory acne causes swelling and inflammation. Although sebum and dead skin cells contribute to inflammatory acne, bacteria can also play a role in clogging up pores. Types of Inflammatory acne are papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. 

Function Of A Moisturizer

Moisturizers function by holding water in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin. Besides locking moisture, they can help protect your skin from the environment -- applying moisturizer creates a barrier on your skin that keeps natural oils from escaping and harmful substances from causing dryness or irritation.

How can you tell if your barrier is damaged?

Skin might appear one or all of the below:

  • Lackluster or dull
  • Sallow  or tired
  • Has no “bounce” or spring to it
  • Prone to clogged pores
  • Feels very dry and tight
  • Can have an oily appearance, but feels dry

Normal vs Disrupted Skin Barrie

Normal vs Disrupted Skin Barrier

Moisturizer ingredients are divided into three categories: 

  1. Humectants
  2. Emollients 
  3. Preservatives

Humectants, such as urea, glycerin and alpha hydroxy acids, help absorb moisture from the air and hold it in the skin. Emollients, such as lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum, help fill in the spaces between skin cells, lubricating and smoothing the skin. 

Preservatives help prevent bacteria growth in moisturizers. Other ingredients that moisturizers may contain include vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and fragrances. 

Know Your Skin Before You Know Your Moisturizer 

One-size-fits-all approach does not work for skin care because of varying skin types. Skincare products need to cater to your skin type and skin concerns if any. It is important that you understand your skin type, issues and skin's requirements before buying your moisturizer or any other skincare products. 

Why settle for regular skincare when customization is available. Also, it's important to change your skincare products based on your skin's ever changing needs. 

Customized skincare offers 

  • Right ingredients for your skin type and issue 
  • Targeted solutions
  • More product and less water 

Determine your skin type and skin health by taking Skinkraft SkinID™ questionnaire. 

Once you’ve figured out your skin completely, you can look for a moisturizer that’s right for your skin. 

Knowing your skin type is the first step to healthy skin

How To Choose A Moisturizer For Acne-prone Skin

  • Oil free - Since acne-prone skin is already oily due to excess sebum production.
  • Non-comedogenic - won’t clog your pores. Their name comes from the word "comedones." Comedones are hair follicles that enlarge when they fill with dirt and oil -- they appear as blackheads or whiteheads on the skin. When comedones become inflamed, they can turn pink or red and fill with pus - these are the pimples normally associated with acne.
  • Ingredients - Some of the acne control ingredients are benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, retinoids, ceramides, and/or peptides.
  • Light textured - serums work best for acne prone skin as they have low viscosity.
  • Fragrance free - Fragrances and chemicals can irritate your skin further.
  • SPF - Protecting acne-prone skin from sun is crucial to stop further damage. 

Skinkraft Barrier Repair Serum 

Skinkraft Barrier Repair Serum

Skinkraft barrier repair serum is a customized moisturizer formulated for acne-prone skin. Unlike general moisturizers it does not form an occlusive layer on the surface of the skin to prevent water from escaping. 

Ingredients

  • Ceramide EOP - Repairs your damaged skin barrier 
  • Ceramide AP - Restores the hydrating agents
  • Cermaide NP - Prevents excessive water loss
  • Phytosphingosine - Prevents inflammation and infection
  • Dry emollients - Leaves the skin feeling smooth and non-greasy

Why it is different

Skinkraft barrier repair serum, as the name suggests, penetrates into your skin to repair and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. This serum prevents TEWL (total epidermal water loss) from the skin. 

Skinkraft customizes the barrier repair serum based on a unique skin profiling system. Based on your responses in the SkinID™ questionnaire, we analyse your skin and it’s unique requirements. We then recommend a customized skincare regimen that consists of a cleanser, moisturizer and an active for your primary skin concern like acne. 

Skinkraft Barrier repair serum is 

  • Made only for you
  • Free of Sulfates, Parabens, Phtlates, Fragrances and other harmful chemicals
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Formulated after hours of research
  • Cruelty Free

Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Moisturizer

Layer wisely - The order of application of skincare products matters. Skincare products need to penetrate into your skin for the ingredients to show results and hence it's important to follow an order. As a general rule, thinnest consistency products go on your skin first. Make sure you cleanse, serum, moisturize and sunscreen. 

Apply when damp - After cleansing your face, you want to lock that moisture into your skin. But if your skin is too wet, the moisturizer will slide off. It is best to apply moisturizer when skin is freshly moist. This moist state is immediately after towel drying.

Be gentle - Don't try to rub in the moisturizer. Harsh rubbing can irritate the skin and can aggravate your breakouts. A gentle application will ensure that the moisturizer seeps in, locks moisture and keeps it hydrated to several hours. 

There isn't a miracle product or ingredient for your acne but acne-prone skin can be managed with a good moisturizer.  It adds a layer of protection to your skin. 

References:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459173/

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279211/