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Is it normal to experience dryness of skin while getting treated for acne?

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Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2015
Question: Hi there. I am thinking about getting a gel cream for my acne prone skin. I think I may need a mild moisturizer which does not cause irritation on my skin. I have sensitive skin and am allergic to benzoyl peroxide.

I am thinking about La Roche Posay Effaclar MAT Daily Moisturizer (ingredients: Aqua, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isocetyl Stearate, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Sterate, Cocamide Mea, Zinc PCA, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Isohexadecane, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Nylon-12, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Salicylic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance).
But it contains Dimenthicone and PEG, which are something people should avoid in their skincare I believe. So do you still suggest me get this cream? What particular product do you recommend or what main ingredients do you recommend to have and to avoid in my skincare?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You may use a non-comedogenic moisturizer on an SOS basis

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us at healthcaremagic

I have gone through your query and I have understood it.

It is quite normal to experience some dryness of skin while getting treated for acne.

Chemical Peels and topical antiacne preparations are drying and may cause skin irritation, specially in those who have sensitive skin.

You may use this moisturizer on an SOS basis i.e use it whenever your skin feels dry, not regularly.

Make sure that you always use a product that clearly mentions non-comedogenic / oil free and hypoallergenic.

Use a gentle cleanser, preferably a non-soap based one e.g cetaphil cleansing lotion, twice daily.

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Brief Answer: You may use a non-comedogenic moisturizer on an SOS basis Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us at healthcaremagic I have gone through your query and I have understood it. It is quite normal to experience some dryness of skin while getting treated for acne. Chemical Peels and topical antiacne preparations are drying and may cause skin irritation, specially in those who have sensitive skin. You may use this moisturizer on an SOS basis i.e use it whenever your skin feels dry, not regularly. Make sure that you always use a product that clearly mentions non-comedogenic / oil free and hypoallergenic. Use a gentle cleanser, preferably a non-soap based one e.g cetaphil cleansing lotion, twice daily. Regards