acne-prone skin products

Skincare Products for Patients with Acne-Prone Skin

Did you grow up with acne? Are you still fighting it now? If you grew up thinking your body produced “too much oil”, it may have been difficult to find a product that didn’t make your skin more “shiny” or make it break out. Even now, you may struggle to find that elusive “perfect” moisturizer. However, recent research indicates that acne patients may suffer from a compromised skin barrier, making the need for a barrier repair product important. If you currently use topicals for acne, finding and using the correct moisturizing product may actually make you more consistent with your topicals due to fewer negative side effects.

What should you look for? Ideally, noncomedogenic moisturizers with ceramides and hyaluronic acid are ideal to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), normalize the body’s natural ceramides, and repair the body’s microbiome. If you use a benzoyl peroxide product, it can deplete your skin’s natural vitamin E levels as well as create TEWL. Topical retinoids will thin the top layer of the skin, increase the fragility of the epidermis, and increase TEWL.

Let’s look at a few of our patient’s current favorites:

EltaMD PM Therapy – Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Ceramides plus Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Thiotic Acid, & Linoleic Acid – $34 for 1.7 ounces

SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer – Vitamin C, 2 versions of Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol), and Hyaluronic Acid – $58 for 2 ounces

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 – Titanium, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate – $65

Additional favorite products for acne-prone skin include:

  • SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – $83 for one fluid ounce; Hyaluronic acid oil-free serum
  • Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 (Tinted and Untinted Options) – $35-$37 for 1.7 ounces; Lightweight SPF with Niacinamide
  • SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator – $178 for 2 ounces; Gel based peptide infusion with 5 varying types of hyaluronic acid
  • MD Complete Eye Wrinkle Corrector – $28.99 for .5 ounces; Lightweight eye cream for hydration, firming, fine lines

Stop into our Edina or Plymouth location to find your next skincare product.


aesthetician minneapolisSuzanne Flickinger has practiced under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists since 2002. She specializes in: Dermaplaning, Lactic Peels, Citric Peels, Glycolic Peels, Illumize® Peels, Vitalize® Peels, Patient Education, and Skin Care Consultations


Keeping Your Skin Clear at the Gym

Summer will be here before we know it and many of us are starting to hit the gym more frequently in preparation. It’s important to keep in mind that between sweat and shared equipment, there is ample opportunity to run into skin trouble from exercising. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your skin healthy at the gym:

  1. Wear loose, breathable clothing that keeps your skin dry while exercising. Exercising in the wrong clothing can lead to folliculitis, which presents as pesky bumps on your skin.
  2. Make sure to bring extra shoes for the shower! If you go barefoot in the locker room, you are exposing yourself to the virus that can cause warts. While we can treat warts on the feet in the office, it’s best to avoid picking them up in the first place.
  3. Bring your own yoga mat. Wiping down a shared mat with a disinfectant wipe is also acceptable, but if you have your own mat, it’s always better to bring it and avoid the possibility of spreading infection through shared equipment.
  4. If you have acne-prone skin, throw a pack of salicylic acid wipes in your gym bag. A quick wipe of the acne-prone area will help to prevent sweat from clogging up your pores.



Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina location.


2 Carlson Parkway N., Suite 100
Plymouth, MN 55447

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