Moisturizers are everyday use and core essential. Every teen’s least favorite skin problem, (but most common), acne. You seem to have tried it all, and those stubborn blackheads still seem to find their way back. Unfortunately, we all have experienced acne at one point or another. Let’s start from the beginning: skincare. Having an efficient skincare regimen can be the most helpful method for your skincare concerns. Although acne is not fun, shopping for products can be. Given this general background, let’s get into the top 5 moisturizers for acne-prone teens.
1. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM – Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
The first moisturizer for acne-prone teens is by CeraVe. One important aspect of skincare is what your skin needs in the morning, it may not need overnight while you sleep. This moisturizer is lightweight and breathable, but still providing sunscreen protection. Containing hyaluronic acid, providing a smoother texture and helping the skin retain moisture. When teens are trying to prevent and or treat acne, it’s also important not to empty their bank accounts on products. This moisturizer can be found at most popular drug stores (Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens), and is within $15.00 to $20.00. This moisturizer feels like a light layer of silk on your skin… perfect for all-day wear, and won’t clog pores!
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2. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer
Dermatologist recommended, combined with salicylic acid to treat breakouts before they arise. This moisturizer provides the skin with healing ingredients, Total Soy Complex, to help even skin tone and overall complexion. Aveeno products aren’t just gentle, but they react well with almost any skin type. One of the most frustrating aspects of acne in teens is simply not knowing what products to invest in, what lifestyle changes need to be made, or when to see a dermatologist. Starting from step one, (which is most likely what a doctor would recommend as well), can result in a dramatic change in your skin – you’d be surprised! At $13.99 and available at your local retail stores, before giving up on acne remedies, this product is a must. Whenever you may see dermatologists recommended, you may think “really?” YES! Anything with ‘dermatologist-recommended’, is not just a marketing scheme and you really will be getting the most bang for your buck.
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Among many other factors, acne can be triggered and irritated by external causes that we don’t realize – sweat, dirt, stress, and of course, dryness. With this in mind, it can be hard to find a hydrating moisturizer that isn’t too overpowering. Not to worry, Neutrogena’s unscented products are compatible with almost any skin type, and aid in your skin texture and overall appearance. This type of product is recommended ideally just before bed, to lock in the moisture while you sleep. The best thing about Neutrogena products is you can find them pretty much anywhere. Make sure to check your CVS coupons before heading to pick this up! It feels like a layer of cool, refreshing, bliss resting on your skin. I would highly recommend trying it – it really does give your skin that refreshing zing that everyone with acne craves.
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4. CeraVe PM Moisturizing Lotion For NightTime Ultra Lightweight Night Cream
As previously mentioned about what you’re skin needs during the morning vs. night, there are certain products, (like this one), designed to do just that. Likewise, there are certain factors that make acne worse – dryness. This can be a never-ending battle and a vicious cycle with trying to find the right product for you. Many people that struggle with acne also have oily skin, and that is what this cream is specially tailored to. This product is lightweight, not to exacerbate oily pores, however its hyaluronic acid (an ingredient found in almost any hydrating cream), aids to hold the moisture in your skin overnight. This can be found almost anywhere local, and without breaking your spending limit it is only $11.99. So, just sit back, (or lay back), and get your 8 hours of beauty sleep while we let this moisturizer work its magic. That’s what I love most about products specially formulated for AM/ PM because you know their actually doing what they say they are meant for. Morning products give you that sense of energy for the day, while evening and nighttime products deliver several hours of consistent moisture that locks in while you sleep. After all, no one will be seeing you while your skin replenishes overnight.
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5. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel
Okay, Okay, I know what you’re thinking – what happened to drugstore products? Well, First Aid Beauty is well known for carrying products tailored to teenage acne-prone skin and related issues including redness. So, this product is worthwhile. With a name like ‘First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue’, you’ll be tempted with other products associated with this brand. Not to mention, most products by First Aid Beauty were rated four out of five stars. (Just Saying!) Another important way to prevent clogging pores that trigger acne is finding products that are non-comedogenic. Non- comedogenic just means that it won’t clog your pores, and a lot of skincare products out there (including many foundations), don’t adhere to this. This moisturizer tackles all of your primary concerns related to acne – won’t clog pores, hydrating, and provides oil control. Make sure to use your Sephora Beauty Insider points, because this product is $30.00 at your local Sephora store. Although a bit on the pricey side, rest assure that you will be glad you invested in this product!
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Now that you have moisturizers in mind and know everything skincare, please comment below and share your favorite! If you have found this article helpful in some way, please feel free to share it. I hope everyone enjoyed reading! If anyone has purchased one or more of these products comment below and let me know what your thoughts and reviews are!
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