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Effect of Moisturizer on skin?

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This is my 10th day and I just put some nivea at places that look dry (nose, near mouth). Is this enough? My cheeks look a bit red though.

What does a moisturizer really do in this case? Which one would you recommend?

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Moisturizers don't really moisturize. They add a little water to the skin from the water that's in them as an ingredient. But that soon is absorbed or evaporates.

What the moisturizer really does is help restore the lipid barrier to the skin. Usually your skin has a lipid barrier maintained by sebum (oil) production. However Accutane (or things like hot water) disrupt that. This leaves the skin open to dehydration.

On Accutane you really need more than a lotion. You need a cream or emollient. Lotions are 80 percent water/20 percent oil. Creams are 50/50. Emollients are 80 percent oil and 20 percent water.

The moisturizer you put on your face also forms a physical barrier between your skin and the air/environment (such as clothing). This physically protects the damaged stratum corneum from further fraying and mechanical stress. An intact stratum corneum (dead skin layer) protects the underlying tissue.

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Moisturizers don't really moisturize. They add a little water to the skin from the water that's in them as an ingredient. But that soon is absorbed or evaporates.

What the moisturizer really does is help restore the lipid barrier to the skin. Usually your skin has a lipid barrier maintained by sebum (oil) production. However Accutane (or things like hot water) disrupt that. This leaves the skin open to dehydration.

On Accutane you really need more than a lotion. You need a cream or emollient. Lotions are 80 percent water/20 percent oil. Creams are 50/50. Emollients are 80 percent oil and 20 percent water.

The moisturizer you put on your face also forms a physical barrier between your skin and the air/environment (such as clothing). This physically protects the damaged stratum corneum from further fraying and mechanical stress. An intact stratum corneum (dead skin layer) protects the underlying tissue.

Thank you very much for the info.

But what moisturizer do you recommend?

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Moisturizers don't really moisturize. They add a little water to the skin from the water that's in them as an ingredient. But that soon is absorbed or evaporates.

What the moisturizer really does is help restore the lipid barrier to the skin. Usually your skin has a lipid barrier maintained by sebum (oil) production. However Accutane (or things like hot water) disrupt that. This leaves the skin open to dehydration.

On Accutane you really need more than a lotion. You need a cream or emollient. Lotions are 80 percent water/20 percent oil. Creams are 50/50. Emollients are 80 percent oil and 20 percent water.

The moisturizer you put on your face also forms a physical barrier between your skin and the air/environment (such as clothing). This physically protects the damaged stratum corneum from further fraying and mechanical stress. An intact stratum corneum (dead skin layer) protects the underlying tissue.

Thank you very much for the info.

But what moisturizer do you recommend?

I'm currently using complex 15 and it seems to do a decent job.

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