Contrary to popular belief, an oily skin type doesn’t mean your skin needs less hydration—it’s often the opposite. See, when our skin is void of moisture, it overcompensates by creating more oils to remedy the situation. NYC dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner explains, “It’s a myth that oily skin does not need a moisturizer. In fact, I have many patients who are oily or even acne-prone but complain that their skin is dry.” But not every single moisturizer will benefit an oily complexion. He adds that it’s important to find a lightweight formula that won’t block your pores. I.e. let your skin breatheee.
Lisa Guidi, esthetician, founder and owner of Erase Spa in NYC also recommends staying away from alcohol-based products (like those tear-causing, skin-stinging toners of our teens). “They tend to strip the skin of it’s natural PH and that creates more oil—believe it or not,” she says.
To find the best moisturizer for oily skin, we went right to the experts: Dr. Zeichner, Guidi and three other skin pros for their go-to picks. Here are 16 products you can buy from the comfort of your own home.