When it comes to moisturizers, it is depressing how few options Acne Prone Skin Type 3 people have.
The issue of dry skin has been coming up over and over. It was pretty bad for us especially during the winter months. Many of us were totally tortured with skin ripping off due to acne treatments and cold, dry weather.
Earlier, I had showed you how to use Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion as moisturizer. People use it and are seeing the benefits.
Recently I thought of a different method and have been using it with good results. You could try it too.
The Glycerin Fortified Moisturizer Method (GFM)
You need some non-comedogenic aloe vera gel – Aloe Veda Aloe Vera Gel will do fine. Yes, it smells horrible, like aftershave or something, and not herbal at all, but it is non-comedogenic.
Aloe vera gel is not nearly enough to provide the kind of moisture you need when using strong treatments like Triacneal or Sebonac or even just exfoliating face washes like AHAGlow.
Get yourself a bottle of pure glycerin from a medical store. Glycerin is easy to find and it will cost around Rs. 70 for 100 gm. Transfer some of it to an emptied eye drops or ear drops bottle. Having it in a dropper bottle will ensure that you can use as little of it as you need.
If you already use another moisturizer like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin or Lotus Herbals Aloehydra or Aroma Magic Hydro Gel, you can use that instead of aloe vera gel in this method.
Every day, mix a few drops of glycerin to your aloe vera gel in the palm of your hand and apply to the face. This will be your Glycerin Fortified Moisturizer.
You could use undiluted glycerin directly, but it is very thick and suffocates the skin. It is an uncomfortable feeling.
You could mix glycerin with just water, but it won’t spread easily on the face and you will have to use a lot more glycerin than necessary. Mixing it with an existing vehicle like aloe vera gel ensures easy spreadability with minimal amount of glycerin.
Benefits of glycerin
- Humectant – absorbs water from the atmosphere to the skin, preventing skin from drying out
- Non-irritant and non-toxic – suitable for sensitive skin and safe for daily use
- Non-comedogenic – it does not clog skin’s pores
- Softer and smoother skin – it plumps up the skin with moisture to give it a soft and smooth finish (even if sticky!)
Can you use glycerin?
With acne prone skin there is always a danger of breakouts from trying new things. But glycerin is not really new to your skin. If you look at the label of your face wash, it is likely in there too. If you can tolerate a face wash with glycerin, most likely you will be okay with using glycerin suggested in this method.
Things to know
- Compared to oils like jojoba oil, glycerin is more acne-safe. Glycerin may not give the same luxurious feel as oils, but you stand a much less chance of breaking out with it.
- Glycerin can leave your skin feeling sticky. If that is unbearable for you, use it at night. Use only a few drops of it mixed with moisturizer, not lots of it.
- When you wake up in the morning, you may find that the face looks greasy – this is not all oil – it is also moisture from the atmosphere that glycerin attracted to your skin. A face wash can remove this greasy feel and leave the skin feeling soft and plump.
- If you see that glycerin is leaving your skin oily even after washing off, reduce the amount of glycerin you add to the moisturizer. This is where a dropper bottle will come in handy – it will help you regulate how much glycerin you want to add.
- The technical name of glycerin is glycerol, so if you find that on the label, it is still glycerin. Also, glycerin and glycerine are the same thing.
- You may see Glycerin IP, Glycerin USP or Glycerin BP on the label. IP stands for Indian Pharmacopia and glycerin made following Indian Pharmacopia norms. Similarly, USP stands for United States Pharmacopia and BP is British Pharmacopia.
- Glycerin is not normally an irritant to the skin or eyes, so those with sensitive skin may be able to use it too.
- You do not need to add preservatives to it. Glycerin is stable. If you transfer it to a dropper bottle, be sure to dry the bottle completely to remove all moisture from it.
- In India, it is hard to find pure vegetable glycerin, mainly because labels don’t mention it. Glycerin is usually a mix of vegetable base plus animal base.
- After everything is said and done, you may still break out with it. This may have to do with the purity of glycerin and process of manufacture, so try a few different brands before giving up.
- If the weather is very very dry, humectants are said to draw out moisture from the skin and give it to the atmosphere, which means they can dry out your skin. Given Indian conditions, this is unlikely. Unless you live in a cottage in the middle of the Thar Desert, in which case what are you doing using a moisturizer – you will sweat so much you won’t need one!
- As always, this is mere information, not a guarantee, so take full responsibility for yourself before trying it. 🙂