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Small Changes in Skin Care Can Bring Big Results for Acne and Rosacea Clients

Posted: February 7, 2011

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In addition, Berson recommended the use of body washes, which contain moisturizers that can deposit moisture back into the skin. By keeping the skin well hydrated, the skin’s barrier function remains intact and, in turn, helps patients remain compliant with their treatment regimen without interruption due to skin irritation.

Moisturizers: Good for all

It is a common myth that patients with acne should not use moisturizers, but Berson explained that this is simply not true. If patients do not use a daily moisturizer, their skin can become red and peel easily due to the drying effect of their acne medications. By using a moisturizer, patients counter the effects of these medications by adding moisture back into the skin.

“Those with acne should use a light, oil-free moisturizer that is noncomedogenic, or won’t clog the pores,” says Berson. “Moisturizers containing heavy mineral oils should be avoided, though products containing silicone oils, such as dimethicone, are good choices.”

For patients with rosacea, Berson noted that their skin is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and improve the barrier that is often compromised in patients with this condition.

“Moisturizers are extremely important for both acne and rosacea patients, and the key is finding the right moisturizer for your specific skin type,” says Berson. “In addition to ceramides, the humectants glycerin and hyaluronic acid are often added to moisturizers to hold moisture in the skin and hydrate it.”

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