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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a triple-board-certified dermatologist with over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Best Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Dermatologist Recommended by Dr. Alpana

Updated: Jun 5

As a dermatologist, I have noticed that many of my patients with oily skin don't use moisturizers.

It is a common misconception that people with oily skin do not need a moisturizer, but the truth is that everyone needs to moisturize, regardless of skin type.

In this article, we will discuss the best non-comedogenic dermatologist recommended (by me) moisturizers for oily skin and how to choose the right one.

Let me tell you a secret; I have oily skin too. So, this article on moisturizers for oily skin is probably the most trustworthy source because not only does it come from a dermatologist, but also one who suffers enjoys an oily-skin type.


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If you are looking for fragrance-free moisturizers, you can head over to our article on the best fragrance-free moisturizers. I have carefully reviewed the ingredients while making the recommendations.

Best Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Oily Skin Dermatologist Recommended, for Men as well as Women

In order of my preference, below is the list of best moisturizers for oily skin recommended by a dermatologist (i.e., me):

  • Clinique Moisture Surge: This is my favorite. This lightweight gel cream is oil-free and contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin without adding excess oil. It is also non-comedogenic, making it a great choice for people with oily or acne-prone skin. It's a bit pricey, but totally worth it.

Clinique Moisture Surge

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

  • Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer: This moisturizer is specifically designed for oily skin and contains micro pearl technology to absorb excess oil and leave the skin with a matte finish. It is also non-comedogenic and fragrance-free.

  • Excela for Oily Skin: An all-time budget-friendly pick for oily skin. It also works well for sensitive skin or inflammation following acne medication.

  • Episoft AC Moisturizer: This is a two-in-one moisturizer and sunscreen which works well for all skin types.

  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Moisturizer: This lightweight moisturizer is formulated to control shine and reduce the appearance of pores. It contains sebulyse technology to absorb excess oil and leave the skin with a matte finish.

Should You Moisturize If You Have Oily Skin and Pimples?

Is moisturizer good for oily acne skin?

Moisturizing oily or acne-prone skin can seem counterintuitive, but that's not the case at all!

  • Firstly, oily skin can become dehydrated, leading to dry patches and even more oil production.

  • Secondly, using harsh products to control oil can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leading to increased oil production and breakouts.

A good moisturizer can help balance the skin's moisture levels and reduce oil production.

Additionally, if you have oily skin, you must use a non-comedogenic moisturizer to reduce the risk of the formation of closed comedones (whiteheads) or open comedones (blackheads).

However, if you use Vaseline for your face, you may want to read my article on whether Vaseline can clog pores.

One mistake many people make is using a different moisturizer on the chest or breast area than the one they use for the face. This can lead to clogged pores in the breast or chest area.

If you have active acne or are somebody who breaks out very frequently then you can use hypochlorous acid spray to prep your skin before applying a moisturizer.

Choosing a Moisturizer for Oily Skin

When choosing a moisturizer for oily skin:

  • Look for lightweight and oil-free products. Avoid thick, heavy creams, and opt for lotions or gels instead.

  • Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramide, which can help hydrate the skin without adding excess oil.

  • Another important factor to consider when choosing a moisturizer for oily skin is the formulation. Choose non-comedogenic moisturizers

What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean?

Non-comedogenic moisturizers are formulated not to clog pores, which is especially important for people with oily skin who are prone to breakouts.

Look for products that are labeled "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free".

What is the Best Way to Moisturize Oily Skin?

Use a moisturizer as soon as you have washed your face when your skin is still slightly moist. This allows the moisturizer to be absorbed into your skin.

Also, most oily skin types might not need to use a moisturizer when using retinol. However, if you do want to use a moisturizer whith know whether you should use retinol before or after applying a moisturizer.

How Can I Moisturize My Oily Skin Naturally?

You can use aloe vera gel as a natural moisturizer. As soon as you wash your face and pat it dry, apply aloe vera gel on your face as a moisturizer.

However. my personal recommendation would be to not depend on just aloe vera. "Natural" sounds good and was probably good enough 100 years ago. Now, there are many superior products out there that are so much better than plain aloe vera.

Should Oily Skin Types Skip Moisturizers in Summer?

No, you should not skip moisturizers in summer. It becomes even more important to moisturize in hotter months. Apply the moisturizer after washing your face. Then, apply a layer of sunscreen on top of it. Check out my guide to find the best dermatologist recommended sunscreens for oily skin.

Moisturizer Specifically for You

Skin type is not the only variable when it comes to choosing a moisturizer. If you want to find a moisturizer specifically for your needs, you can try out this tool that helps you in finding a moisturizer that's the best for you: Moisturizer Specifically for You.

Moisturizing oily skin is important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier and reducing oil production. As always, consult a dermatologist if you have any concerns about your skin.


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