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Step 4 in the anti-acne skin care regimen

Moisturizing is necessary because, if you're properly disinfecting, the benzoyl peroxide will have a drying effect on your skin. In extreme cases your skin can become dry and flaky -- which is nearly as bad as having acne. Choosing which product you use to moisturize is also extremely important. Many moisturizers contain oils which are heavy and can contribute to acne outbreaks.

When choosing a moisturizer, make sure that the product you use is non-comedogenic. This means it won't contribute to formation of new pimples.

Some moisturizers contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Generally speaking it's better to use a non-medicated moisturizer because both of these active ingredients have a drying effect on the skin. Why try to moisturize and dry your skin at the same time?

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How to moisturize

Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Don't scrub your face with a towel! Simply pat dry and spend a few moments air-drying if necessary.

Apply a small amount of moisturizer to your fingertips. Apply a thin layer to your face, concentrating on your cheeks. Your T-zone needs less moisturizer but because you've used a drying product on your face, it still needs a little love. Now, gently pat the cream until it is fully absorbed. You shouldn't rub because rubbing can irritate the skin and make acne outbreaks worse. Be gentle.

If you must rub, use light, circular motions. Continue until the moisturizer has been fully absorbed into the skin.

Once the moisturizing product is completely absorbed you can move on to other steps, where you can apply make-up and other products to make certain you're ready to face the day!

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