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Why Moisturizers are important for all skin types

Dr. Hilary Baldwin

Moisturizing is an essential part of any skin care routine, and will help your skin look and feel its best. If you're one of the many people who have scars, whether from acne, surgery or a wound, moisturizing may help to care for and reduce the appearance of scars. Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel helps reduce the appearance of scars that result from acne, surgery and wounds, allowing you to put your best face forward.

No matter your skin type, it is important to moisturize, and there are many options designed for specific skin types. If you have dry skin, choose an ointment or cream (which are heavier than lotions) containing ingredients such as lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly. If your skin is oily, choose a light, oil-free moisturizer. For skin that has a combination of dry and oily spots, you should apply moisturizer to those areas that are dry. If you have sensitive skin (which can be caused by a variety of reasons), it is important to moisturize with products specifically formulated for sensitive skin types, and always remember to do a “patch test” when trying any new skincare products.

Once you've moisturized, caring for your scar should be the next step in your skin care routine. It is important to keep in mind, however, to properly care for a wound before a scar even forms. Keeping wounds clean, covered and moist can help reduce the appearance of scars. If a scar develops, topical products that are applied directly to the skin can be used on most types. Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel is one example of a topical product that can help improve the overall appearance, color, texture and softness of scars. Additionally, the process of rubbing in the product massages the scar and can actually help soften and smooth scar tissue (keep in mind however, that Mederma® should never be applied to an open wound).

Regular moisturizing help keep your skin healthy and looking its best, it will also help reduce the overall appearance of your scars, when used with a topical product such as Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel.

All information in the Mederma® Learning Center is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. You should seek professional medical care if you have any concerns about your skin.