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Friday, January 8, 2010
Response from Dr. Zoe Draelos, consulting professor, Department of Dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine, with a research interest in cosmetics, toiletries and biologically active skin medications, and author of the textbook Cosmetics in Dermatology:
Yes, moisturizer may be used after applying topical medication without affecting the therapeutic outcome of your prescription. In fact, moisturizer may often be of help in preventing the burning, stinging, itching and irritation associated with rosacea.
I usually advise my patients to wait five to 10 minutes after applying a topical medication before applying a moisturizer, and then wait another five to 10 minutes before applying makeup. This will give your skin a chance to better absorb the medication and keep it from coming off on your fingers as you apply the moisturizer. Waiting before applying makeup may in turn improve cosmetic results.
For more information, see the Skin Care & Cosmetics section.
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