Should You Use Moisturizer With Oily Skin?

by Lindsey Rose Black

When your skin tends to be on the oily side, the thought of slathering it with moisturizer might make you run screaming. But slow down there! If you've never really taken the time to ask yourself, "Should you use moisturizer with oily skin?" it's a worthwhile question for determining how to give your face everything it needs. To get the full story, I turned to Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group ​in New York City.

Schweiger tells me, "Even if it seems counterintuitive, don’t stop moisturizing if you have oily, acne-prone skin." OK, OK, fine, but why?

He goes on to explain, "By skipping the moisturizer, your skin will dry out and in turn rebound with more oil production, which can actually cause more breakouts.​" He appropriately deems this under-moisture/over-oil producing situation as a "vicious cycle." But luckily, it's a cycle that can be stopped.

You'll need moisturizer, but not just any one will do. "Look for non-comedogenic moisturizers, meaning they won't clog pores," says Schweiger. "Skincare ingredients to steer clear of if you have acne include mineral oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and petrolatum." Alternatively, you do want to reach for "moisturizers that contain glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe and squalane, which won't trap oils into the pores."

Below are Dr. Schweiger's top moisturizers for acne-prone skin, and I've added in a few more that follow his guidelines so you can get your acne-free glow on!

1. Clear Clinic Prep & Soothe

Prep & Soothe Daily Gentle Moisturizer, $35, Amazon

This formula is specifically designed to soothe irritation caused by acne medications, and is gentle enough to hydrate super oily skin without clogging pores.

2. CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion

Moisturizing Facial Lotion, $15, Amazon

This non-comedogenic moisturizer features SPF 30 so you can moisturize and protect your skin at the same time.

3. Neutrogena Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer

Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer, $9, Amazon

This super breathable moisturizer is packed with vitamins B, C, and E to love on your skin and keep it clear.

4. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, $9, Amazon

Aveeno's moisturizer is formulated to quell pimples while moisturizing, thanks to a Total Soy complex to hydrate and salicylic acid to zap zits.

5. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, $28, Nordstrom

Featuring a hydrating but gentle blend of Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine, and Vitamin E, this non-greasy formula is one you'll reach for everyday.

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