Do I Need a Moisturizer Even If I Have Oily Skin?

How Using Moisturizer Daily Can Help Your Oily Skin Look Great

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Even acne-prone skin can benefit from daily moisturizing.. RunPhoto/Getty Images

You've never really used a moisturizer.  Never given it a second thought, actually.  Your skin is always so oily, even acne prone.

But now you're wondering if adding a moisturizer might be a good thing for your skin.  Here are some benefits of using a daily moisturizer, and why you might want to add one to your skin care routine.

Even oily skin can benefit from added moisture.

Even if you have oily skin, you can still benefit from the use of a daily moisturizer.

And, no, moisturizers don't have to leave your skin feeling greasy and looking shiny. The trick is in finding the right product.

Moisturizers are used to improve skin's hydration (think water-content of the skin, not oil-content). They work by slowing the evaporation of water from the skin, helping to keep skin hydrated.  Moisturizing creams and lotions reduce moisture loss and increase water content of the epidermis.

Moisturizing products aren't just for, well, moisturizing.  They also form a protective barrier on the skin's surface and give the skin a soft, smooth feel.

Moisturizers help keep acne treatments from drying you out.

Moisturizers become especially important if you are using drying acne treatments such as Retin-A, isotretinoin (AKA Accutane), or benzoyl peroxide

Don't underestimate how drying acne treatments can be!  Even if your skin normally pumps out the oil, acne medications can quickly take your skin from shiny to uncomfortably dry, peeling, and flaking.

Using a moisturizer daily is the best defense to help ease these side effects.

Moisturizers don't have to be heavy or greasy.

There are many moisturizing products that are created especially for oily skin types.  These products are light, fast absorbing, and don't leave your skin feeling like an oil slick.

So, don't be afraid to moisturize your oily skin! Take the time to choose the right moisturizer by reading ingredient labels and asking your dermatologist or esthetician for recommendations. Experiment with different products until you find the one that is perfect for you.

Next Steps:

How To Choose a Moisturizer That Won't Break You Out

Top Tips for Treating Acne and Oily Skin

Sources:

Cosmeceutical Facts & Your Skin." American Academy of Dermatology. Schaumburg, IL, 2004.

Lynde CW. "Moisturizers: what they are and how they work." Skin Therapy Letter 2001; 6(13):3-5.

Kraft JN, Lynde CW. "Moisturizers: What They Are and a Practical Approach to Product Selection." Skin Therapy Letter 2005; 10(5).

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