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Do People With Oily Skin Need to Moisturize?

by kelly / January, 27 2021 01:30

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It seems like common sense - you should skip moisturizing if you have oily skin, right? Why add more fuel to the fire as some would say. But it’s a myth. In fact, it’s the opposite.

Don’t Skimp On the Moisturizer If You Have Oily Skin

Counterintuitively, not moisturizing might be a contributing factor to why your skin is excessively producing oil. According to dermatologist Dr. Stacy Chimento – your skin maybe overcompensating because it’s dehydrated from lack of moisturization.

So moisturizing regularly can make your skin less oily because it helps balances out the skin’s natural oil production.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) also recommends moisturizing daily even if you have oily skin.

How to Moisturize with Oily Skin

Now that you know you can use a moisturizer, what’s the right way to do it? Well according to dermatologist Dr. Helia Eragi you should choose a lighter moisturizer (hey we have a great lightweight night cream if you’re interested Smile) and apply smaller amounts.

And the AAD suggests looking for a moisturizer that also contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (hey we have one of those too here!).

For other tips on how to manage oily skin check out our post: How To Manage Oily Skin.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

I hope this is good news for those with oily skin that are fearful of moisturizers. I think that’s probably a lot of folks. The good news is you don’t have to be wary of moisturizers and can using them regularly may even help reduce your skin’s oiliness.

For even more skin care and moisturization tips check out our Skin Care blog series.

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