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Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin is possible when you consult with a dermatologist and understand your own skin care needs.

Choosing the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin: What to Look for and What to Avoid

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin may seem impossible. Nothing works for you, and you’ve purchased almost every brand on the market. Everyone you know swears by one particular brand, and you’ve tried all of their suggestions, hoping that one of them is the right one, to no avail.

Why is this happening? Why do moisturizers seem to work for everyone else but not for you?

Everyone’s skin is different, and different types of moisturizers serve different purposes.  For the right solution, the first step is to see one of our dermatologists, who will recommend the best moisturizer for you specifically.

Until we see you in person, however, following are a few tips for choosing the right moisturizer for your skin.

Choosing the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin: Work with What You Have

Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Light lotions tend to work better for oily skin. Moisturizers with alpha-hydroxy acids aid in dissolving excess oil, exfoliating pores, and removing dead skin cells. As a result, the moisturizers can have anti-aging effects. However, individuals with acne-prone skin should avoid moisturizers with too many different types of acids, as they can further irritate the condition. For a list of appropriate moisturizers for oily or acne-prone skin, see a physician at Associated Dermatologists.  A list of non-comedogenic options may be the first step in better skin.

• Sensitive Skin: Look for a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturizer that contains a minimal number of ingredients, and consider all-natural products if they fit your needs.

• Itchy or Dry Skin: Dry skin needs a heavier moisturizer in density, such as an ointment, to serve as a protective barrier. Products that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, proteins, lanolin, or mineral oil help keep your skin hydrated and lock in moisture.

• Normal Skin: Individuals with normal skin should look for creams, which are more hydrating than lotions but not as thick as ointments.

What Else You Should Know

Moisturizers that contain antioxidants could benefit individuals with all skin types.

Regardless of your skin type, you should use moisturizers that provide you with the additional benefit of sun protection. Aim for a moisturizer with an SPF level of 30 or higher. An AM, non-comedogenic moisturizer, recommended by one of our dermatologists at Associated Dermatologists, may be the best option.

You don’t have to use only one type of moisturizer. You can use a heavier moisturizer to keep your body hydrated throughout the day, but a lighter, fragrance-free moisturizer for the more sensitive skin on your face.

Moisturize your skin every day, especially at night, for the best results.

Try to avoid unnecessary colors and perfumes. Read the labels, as some products could contain ingredients that will irritate your skin even if they say fragrance-free.

Apply moisturizer after your shower when your skin is still damp. Water is a key component of nourished, healthy skin, so adding moisturizer over it will help hold in that water and further soak it into your skin. Behavioral changes, such as patting your skin dry as opposed to wiping, may help better retain moisture without harsh irritation.

See a Local Dermatologist

When it comes to choosing the right moisturizer for your skin, there isn’t a blanket answer that fulfills the needs of every person. Individuals with especially troublesome dry skin or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, for example, will require individualized treatment.

Schedule an appointment to see one of our dermatologists in Berkley, West Bloomfield, Commerce, Novi, or Farmington Hills for a thorough skin exam and a personal skin care plan for your dry skin.