Health Check: Why Do I Still Get Zits?

We know what you’re thinking: Won’t moisturizer make my face even more oily? 

Nope, says Seemal Desai, M.D., a professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

If you’re using skin-drying products—like acne facewash—your body may respond by producing even more grease, says Dr. Desai. And that excess oil can clog your pores, trapping bacteria in and causing zits. 

But using a moisturizer will hydrate your skin, preventing it from producing too much oil.

The Fix: Gently wash your face in the morning and at night.

If you have oily skin, look for a wash that contains 2 to 3 percent salicylic acid, like Neutrogena’s Men Acne Wash, suggests Dr. Desai. Sensitive skin? Glycolic acid, found in Peter Thomas Roth’s Face Wash, tends to be less irritating. 

After washing, lather on moisturizer. A good pick for sensitive skin: Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 natural moisturizer.

Related: The Best Moisturizers For Your Face and Body

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