Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 04:03 pm

Finding a moisturiser that delivers on all the promises you heard in the advert is a lucky break. But what if the face cream that did wonders for your best friend isn’t the one for you? 

Everyone’s skin is different, good face cream is relative. Here are 5 signs the cream you are using is not the one for you.

Your moisturiser stings when you apply it

According to a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, 44% of people have sensitive or very sensitive skin. While many people are aware that their skin is sensitive and may need more care, most people didn’t do anything special to take care of their sensitive skin. 

Stinging, burning and itching is a sign that your cream is either too harsh for your skin or that your skin is reacting badly to an ingredient in the cream.

Your skin is breaking out

If you already have acne, you probably need a good moisturiser than you know. Moisturisers should not cause acne and pimples. Moisturiser should contribute to creating and preserving healthy skin. 

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If you have naturally oily skin a heavy face cream can clog your pores and smother your skin. This can cause acne, breakouts and other skin issues. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association,  you need to moisturise your skin to treat acne. This is especially true if you are using cleansing products that dry out your skin. Make sure the moisturiser is not oily or heavy so that it protects and moisturises the skin without blocking the pores.

Your face feels oily or dry

How your skin feels is more important than what moisturiser skin says, if it makes your skin feel oily, the cream is not for you, even if the label describes similar skin issues to yours. The same applies to moisturisers or creams that leave your skin feeling dry. 

Dry skin can also be fertile ground for a breakout. If your skin is dried out, it may overcompensate by producing more protective oils than it should throughout the day. The American Academy of Dermatology Association says this can also cause acne.

Your face feels tight

Skin that feels tight may be dehydrated or very dry. If your skin feels this way after moisturising, you may need a richer moisturiser. 

According to, dry skin that is not nourished and moisturised can be plagued with an assortment of skin conditions including, premature ageing. 

You’re developing pigmentation 

According to Healthline, hyperpigmentation is caused by inflammatory skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis), hormonal changes, or sun exposure. 

If you are developing hyperpigmentation after changing to new face cream; your new face cream does not cater to your skin’s needs. Preexisting skin conditions may be coming back. Your face cream could be providing less sun protection than you need.


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