This article originally appeared on Apr 11, 2022 at byrdie.com
While some steps of your skincare routine are optional, there's one product that should hold a permanent place: moisturizer. According to board-certified dermatologist Marie V. Hayag, MD, of Fifth Avenue Aesthetics, even those with acne-prone skin should moisturize morning and night—especially when using a potentially drying treatment like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
But for the pimple-prone camp, it can be tough to find one that doesn't clog your pores, cause irritation, or make your skin feel uncomfortably tight or greasy. So, how do you know which cream, gel, or lotion is right for your complexion?
"Look for moisturizers that are labeled as oil-free or non-comedogenic, as they are less likely to clog pores," says Dr. Hayag. Water-based products containing humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid instead of oils are ideal. Ingredients such as aloe, vitamin E, and green tea are great, too.
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