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Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: How to Choose

Updated: 6 days ago

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 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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Should You Moisturize If You Have Oily or Acne/Pimple-Prone Skin?

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.

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. 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.

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. With that, let's jump to my personal favorite moisturizers.

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.

The Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin - Dermatologist Recommended, for Men as well as Women

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

  1. 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.

  2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream: This is a good budget-friendly dupe for Clinique.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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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