“I think I need something to dry it out, not make it oilier.”
“Why do I need to moisturize my already oily skin?”
“My skin is oily enough, why would I add more moisture?”
People with oily skin have commonly expressed these concerns when asked about moisturizing. So should you moisturize oily skin? YES, you need to moisturize your skin, even if it is oily and acne-prone. To understand why, let's take a closer look at what a moisturizer really does.
Moisturizers don’t add water to your skin, but rather help hold the water in the outer layer of your skin to keep it hydrated. How do they do that? Moisturizers contain ingredients called humectants, which draw the water into your skin, and emollients, which form a protective film and trap the water in the skin. There are all kinds of different moisturizers from lotions and creams to gels. Some are water-based, others oil-based. With so many choices, how do you know what is right for your skin?
Remember, everyone’s skin is different. The same product that works well for one person, may not be the best option for you. Be ready to experiment with different moisturizers until you find the one that works best for you. Here are some tips to help you find a moisturizer that is compatible with oily skin:
Want another helpful hint? When choosing a face wash, choose something gentle. Using a harsh face wash may actually irritate your skin and trigger increased oil production.
If you’re concerned about your skin’s oil production or struggling with acne breakouts, contact us. We will be more than happy to help!
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