Why Oily/Blemish-Prone Skin Still Needs Moisturiser

Time for skincare true-or-false: If you’ve got oily or blemish-prone skin, you don’t need moisturiser.

If you guessed false, you’re on top of your skincare game. It may seem counterintuitive, but even oily and blemish-prone skin benefits from moisturiser — here’s why.

Closeup of oily skin that still needs Facial Moisturizer by SLMD Skincare

What causes oily skin

Oil — aka sebum — is a necessary component of healthy skin. It’s produced by sebaceous glands located within your pores. Though not yet fully understood, scientists believe sebum functions to:

  • Lubricate skin and hair
  • Maintain skin's protective barrier
  • Provide antioxidant and antibacterial functions

When your skin overproduces sebum (for reasons no one has quite figured out yet), it’s considered oily. When the oil has a tendency to become trapped within the pore, your skin is considered blemish-prone.

How to tell if your skin is oily

Because you can have skin that’s oily and dehydrated (who knew?), figuring out if you’ve got oily skin isn’t always so straightforward. Here’s a handy test: after you wash your face, time how long it takes for your skin to produce oil. If it’s less than half an hour, chances are you’re in the oily club.

Why does oily or blemish-prone skin need moisturiser?

All skin needs moisture to maintain proper function. If you have oily skin, Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper) recommends:

  • Using dermatological anti-blemish products. Ingredients like salicylic acid and sulfur are two of Dr. Lee’s favourites for oily or blemish-prone skin.
  • Washing your face frequently. Dr. Lee suggests that patients with oily skin wash more often to remove the excess sebum.

While these measures are quite effective for managing oily or blemish-prone skin, they can actually cause the skin to amp up oil production to combat the dryness that can occur. To counteract this phenomenon, Dr. Lee says that using a specially-formulated moisturiser is key.

Choosing a carefully-curated anti-blemish programme like SLMD Skincare Blemish-Prone Skin System — which includes Facial Moisturizer — will target and handle blemishes while maintaining skin's delicate balance.

Facial Moisturizer with vitamin C for oily or blemish-prone skin by SLMD Skincare

What moisturisers are best for oily or blemish-prone skin?

According to Dr. Lee, knowing what to look out for on the label can mean the difference between a breakout and a breakthrough for oily skin types:

  • Non comedogenic: find a product that won’t clog your pores.
  • Lightweight: steer clear of emollient creams in favor of light lotions, gels or serums.

SLMD Skincare Facial Moisturizer checks these boxes, and is ideal for all skin types.

Dr. Lee’s last word

It’s a very common misconception that if your skin is oily or blemish-prone, you don’t need — or even shouldn't use — moisturiser. But all skin needs oil to stay healthy, you just have to be choosy about the ingredients and formula. I created SLMD Skincare Facial Moisturizer to be safe and effective for all skin types.

—Dr. Sandra Lee


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