Contrary to popular belief, an oily skin type doesn’t mean your skin needs less hydration—it’s often the opposite. See, when our skin is void of moisture, it overcompensates by creating more oils to remedy the situation. NYC dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner explains, “It’s a myth that oily skin does not need a moisturizer. In fact, I have many patients who are oily or even acne-prone but complain that their skin is dry.” But not every single moisturizer will benefit an oily complexion. He adds that it’s important to find a lightweight formula that won’t block your pores. I.e. let your skin breatheee.
Lisa Guidi, esthetician, founder and owner of Erase Spa in NYC also recommends staying away from alcohol-based products (like those tear-causing, skin-stinging toners of our teens). “They tend to strip the skin of it’s natural PH and that creates more oil—believe it or not,” she says.
To find the best moisturizer for oily skin, we went right to the experts: Dr. Zeichner, Guidi and three other skin pros for their go-to picks. Here are products you can buy from the comfort of your own home.
The Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin, According to Dermatologists
BEST HEMP SEED MOISTURIZER FOR OILY SKIN
This moisturizer was picked by not one, but two dermatologists for its use of ultra-lightweight and hydrating hyaluronic acid, which, as Dr. Zeichner explains, “acts like a sponge to pull in hydration to the outer skin layer.” He also highlights two other ingredients: omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help protect and soothe the outer layer of skin. Dr. King also recommends this pick, saying, “its blend of hemp seed, avocado, grapeseed and pumpkin seed oils support the skin barrier, provide anti-inflammatory properties and moisturize without clogging pores. She likes it for oily skin because it's lightweight and non-comedogenic, and “because hemp seed oil so closely matches our own skin lipids that it penetrates deeply and can help moderate oil production.”
Moisturizers for Oily Skin
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