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Why is hydrating and moisturizing important for healthy skin?

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To hydrate your skin, you simply add water, such as when you wash your face or take a bath. To moisturize your skin, you add water, oil, or both.

For most skin types, you should moisturize skin in the morning and evening. Use a moisturizer that does not aggravate a skin problem.

For instance, never put heavy cream on oily skin that's prone to breakouts. For oily skin, the moisturizer should be oil-free, but have hydrating qualities. Always use moisturizers after cleansing and hydrating your skin.

From: Skin Care Tips for Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Beyond Botox, Ben and Howard Kominsky, 2006. 

Patientsuptodate.com web site: "Patient Information: Acne." 

American Academy of Dermatology website: "How Dry I Am" and "Face Facts." 

SkinCarePhysicians.com web site: "AcneNet: 7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Acne Treatment."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES: 

Beyond Botox, Ben and Howard Kominsky, 2006. 

Patientsuptodate.com web site: "Patient Information: Acne." 

American Academy of Dermatology website: "How Dry I Am" and "Face Facts." 

SkinCarePhysicians.com web site: "AcneNet: 7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Acne Treatment."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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