Our Dermatologist Swears by This $14 Moisturizer for Dry Skin

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You know that dry, flaky thing your skin does no matter how much lotion you slather on? Us, too. But thanks to board certified dermatologist Dr. Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, we just found out that not all dry skin is created equal. Some can actually be classified as dehydrated skin, which can affect anyone with any skin type (even oily).

She explained that truly dry skin is caused by decreased oil production, which results in abnormal barrier function and red, inflamed, very itchy skin that never seems to go away. Sound like you? Dr. Ip recommends a thick moisturizer that contains oils and ceramides, which are lipids that help to repair the skin’s barrier function and prevent inflammation. But you don't need to go out and buy anything fancy or pricey. Her favorite treatment, Cerave Moisturizing Cream, is just $14 and has thousands of five-star reviews on AmazonUlta and basically everywhere else it's sold.

Reviewers credit the product with transforming constant dry, flaky skin into a soft, smooth complexion in just a few days. One reviewer even credits the product with curing her three-month-old's severe eczema in a few short days. 

Oh, and if you also suffer from acne, stock up on this moisturizer ASAP. One reviewer sings its praises, saying, "I have extremely dry skin that's also acne prone and sensitive. That's a tough combination to treat, because most products that heavily moisturize also cause acne. This lotion is by far the best I've used! I can slather it on as much as I want without any irritation or acne, and it soaks right in and soothes my dry skin. I'm a lifetime customer for sure." This stuff is no joke.

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