Did you grow up with acne? Are you still fighting it now? If you grew up thinking your body produced “too much oil”, it may have been difficult to find a product that didn’t make your skin more “shiny” or make it break out. Even now, you may struggle to find that elusive “perfect” moisturizer. However, recent research indicates that acne patients may suffer from a compromised skin barrier, making the need for a barrier repair product important. If you currently use topicals for acne, finding and using the correct moisturizing product may actually make you more consistent with your topicals due to fewer negative side effects.
What should you look for? Ideally, noncomedogenic moisturizers with ceramides and hyaluronic acid are ideal to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), normalize the body’s natural ceramides, and repair the body’s microbiome. If you use a benzoyl peroxide product, it can deplete your skin’s natural vitamin E levels as well as create TEWL. Topical retinoids will thin the top layer of the skin, increase the fragility of the epidermis, and increase TEWL.
Let’s look at a few of our patient’s current favorites:
EltaMD PM Therapy – Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Ceramides plus Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Thiotic Acid, & Linoleic Acid – $34 for 1.7 ounces
SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer – Vitamin C, 2 versions of Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol), and Hyaluronic Acid – $58 for 2 ounces
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 – Titanium, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate – $65
Additional favorite products for acne-prone skin include:
- SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – $83 for one fluid ounce; Hyaluronic acid oil-free serum
- Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 (Tinted and Untinted Options) – $35-$37 for 1.7 ounces; Lightweight SPF with Niacinamide
- SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator – $178 for 2 ounces; Gel based peptide infusion with 5 varying types of hyaluronic acid
- MD Complete Eye Wrinkle Corrector – $28.99 for .5 ounces; Lightweight eye cream for hydration, firming, fine lines
Stop into our Edina or Plymouth location to find your next skincare product.
Suzanne Flickinger has practiced under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists since 2002. She specializes in: Dermaplaning, Lactic Peels, Citric Peels, Glycolic Peels, Illumize® Peels, Vitalize® Peels, Patient Education, and Skin Care Consultations