The Best Drug Store Moisturizer for Combination & Acne-Prone Skin

For less than $12 your oily skin can get the moisture it needs.

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Your oily skin is searching for its balance. You try toners, lotions, treatments and masks. Maybe it's not that complicated. Maybe all your skin needs to be balanced is moisture. The right moisturizer can help your oily, acne-prone skin stay hydrated and happy. You don't have to buy an expensive over the counter brand to get that balance. Your drugstore has a moisturizer for you.

Even Oil Needs Moisture

Time and time again you've heard the myth that you need to dry out your oily skin. Nothing could be further from the truth. Drying out oily skin can cause your skin to get confused. The dryness actually makes your skin think it needs to produce more oil. When you combine too much oil production with the dryness, it can clog pores and cause acne. Making sure your skin is properly hydrated can help it regulate oil production and retain the moisture it needs to produce just the right amount of oil for healthy skin.

Ingredients You Need -- and Ones You Don't

The key to finding the right moisturizer is in the ingredients. Look for water-based moisturizers. Make sure your moisturizer is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic; the last thing that you need is something clogging your pores. Look for a moisturizer rich in skin boosting and skin repairing anti-oxidants. Avoid oil-based moisturizers and products with alcohol that can dry out skin.

Sun Protection a Bonus

"InStyle" voted this moisturizer best moisturizer for acne-prone skin for 2011. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer With SPF 35 is designed to keep oily and acne-prone skin hydrated without weighing it down. This fast-absorbing formula developed by dermatologists is lightweight and non-comedogenic. Anti-oxidants help skin stay hydrated, and UV filters help protect from damaging sun rays.

Give Your Oily Skin Consistency

Once you've gotten your ideal moisturizer make sure you give your skin regular love. Avoid alcohol-based products that dry skin out. Look for cleansers that are oil free. A cleanser with salicylic acid can help reduce oil and acne without drying skin out. The salicylic acid penetrates pores, exfoliates dead skin and kills bacteria. It also helps reduce the appearance of acne as it helps prevent it.

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