Different Types of Skin Creams and Their Uses

February 3, 2012By

Selecting From the Many Creams Available

Photo of a woman with the best skin creamsIf you want healthy, beautiful skin, you may be interested in trying out a variety of skin creams. You may be fighting oily skin, dry skin, or the effects of aging – or possibly all three at the same time! While topical creams may not be able to solve all of these problems for everyone, they can certainly help. Here are a few types of skin cream and approaches to using them in order to improve your health and appearance:


If you have dry or wrinkled skin, moisturizing skin cream can serve as temporary relief for these problems. Moisturizers hydrate your skin and alleviate chafing and cracking, and can make wrinkles less pronounced.

When choosing a moisturizer, choose one that works for your skin – even people with naturally oily skin can benefit from using moisturizers, and there are some designed for oily skin. Just be careful to choose an oil-free product, or you may only make the situation worse. Don’t forget that you’ll need to reapply moisturizer regularly, or the effects will wear off.

Acid-Based  Creams

Most effective acne-fighting skin products are based on one of a variety of acids, with salicylic acid being the most common. These are made to remove natural oils from the skin and can help people with oily skin whether or not they have acne. However, people with dry skin – or patches of dry skin – should avoid or limit their use of these creams, as dry skin is caused by insufficient natural oil.


There are a variety of facial masks available for a variety of skin types and needs. Clay masks are good for removing excess oil and blemishes, and good for people with oily skin. On the other hand, there are moisturizing cream masks available for people with dry skin. You can also buy combination masks with exfoliating beads to help remove old skin and bring newer, younger-looking skin to the surface. Whenever exfoliating, it is extremely important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing afterwards, as new skin is particularly vulnerable to sunlight.

Anti-Wrinkle Creams

There are quite a few different types of anti-wrinkle creams available in the pharmacy, but one should be very careful when making a final selection. While the Food and Drug Administration makes sure they are safe for consumer use, they do not evaluate the effectiveness of cosmetics. It’s wise to do some research first before choosing an anti-wrinkle skin cream. Since these haven’t been tested by a third party, you’ll have to make your own decision.

Skin cream basics

In addition, always take into account the side effects. Some types of anti-wrinkle creams can cause birth defects if used by pregnant women, for example. Always read the label carefully. It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about what you’re using, and to consult a dermatologist about whether or not it will be the best choice for you.

Choosing What’s Best for Your skin

When picking out a skin cream, always make sure you buy products suited to your skin type. If you have dry skin, don’t get something that advertises its high strength; if you have oily skin, avoid oil-based products at all times. Odds are that you don’t fit into just one skin type, either – you may have dry cheeks and an oily forehead, for instance. In cases like this, apply products as necessary to the specific areas that need them. Using a product everywhere because it worked in one place, or buying a product just because it worked for someone else is unlikely to get you the results you want.


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