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Oily Skin:

The moisturizers for patients with oily skin should be non-comedogenic or oil-free.

Dry Skin:

There are a small percentage of people who actually have dry skin on their face, these people will be dry on the cheeks and jawline. Many of these patients work outside in rough elements and many of these people are over 50 years of age. For these patients, a creamy moisturizer in a lotion or cream is very effective. If they do not have sensitive skin, they can wear whatever products feels good.

The reason for the paucity of dry skin on the face is that there is an abundance of sebaceous glands on the face to prevent dryness. These are particularly active in young people, in me and in many normal women. If a person is scaly in the center of the face central forehead, around the nose and on the central chin, this may be seborrheic dermatitis. The use of a heavy moisturizer in people who have central facial dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) could lead to acne.

Normal - Combination Skin:

Most people have oily skin on the forehead, nose and chin, and dryer skin on the cheeks and neck. When the humidity is low, it may be necessary to moisturize the face, the most prudent of patients, male or female will select a non-comedogenic moisturizer, which contains a minimum SPF of 15 in it for daily use. There are legions of such products reasonably priced, which will prevent cancer and photoaging.

Moisturizers - Body Skin:

Because there are very few sebaceous (oil) glands on the arms and legs, moisturizers are very important. Winter, dry climates and windy climates are very hard on the skin of the body. Many body lotions incorporate sunblocks for a daily routine, this is very important for sun exposed skin.

Often heavy moisturizers such as petrolatum, Aquaphor, Cetaphil cream, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula and other jar or tube moisturizers are necessary if you live in a dry climate. What may be appropriate for facial skin may be too thin for your arms, legs, hands and feet.