How do you know if you have oily skin?
“A certain amount of oil is naturally produced by the skin, but oily skin is usually also accompanied by increased pore size, a shiny complexion and a tendency toward blackheads, whiteheads and pimples,”
Some of us experience these symptoms more during warm months and in humid locations. That’s because sebum becomes more fluid and flows more easily out of pores when it’s hot outside. We also experience an increase in sweat, which acts as an emulsifier, allowing oil to spread more easily over the skin.
What kind of moisturizer does oily skin need?
“Oily skin's moisturizing needs can be a bit tricky to get right. Too little water and it becomes dehydrated. Add oil, and it can become extra greasy and blemish-prone.
That’s why Ozone signature moisturizing lotion is specially formulated to absorb excess oil and provide the right amount of hydration. (Plus, it’s non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog pores or cause acne.)
People with oily skin have commonly expressed these concerns when asked about moisturizing. So should you moisturize oily skin? YES, you need to moisturize your skin, even if it is oily and acne-prone. To understand why, let's take a closer look at what a moisturizer really does.
Moisturizers don’t add water to your skin, but rather help hold the water in the outer layer of your skin to keep it hydrated. How do they do that? Moisturizers contain ingredients called humectants, which draw the water into your skin, and emollients, which form a protective film and trap the water in the skin. There are all kinds of different moisturizers from lotions and creams to gels. Some are water-based, others oil-based. With so many choices, how do you know what is right for your skin?
Remember, everyone’s skin is different. The same product that works well for one person, may not be the best option for you.
Here are some tips to help you find a moisturizer that is compatible with oily skin:
- Lotions and gels tend to be more water-based and therefore less likely to aggravate oily, acne-prone skin. Avoid ointments as they are greaser and fat or oil based.
- Skin care products labeled “oil free” or “non-comedogenic” are less likely to clog your pores and cause acne.
- Limit the amount of products applied to your skin by choosing a moisturizer containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
- If you choose to use a sunscreen separate from your moisturizer, look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these are less likely to cause breakouts. Also, avoid sunscreens with fragrances or oils.
- You should always apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp, such as after a shower or after washing your face. This timing will trap the water in your damp skin.
Another important point to keep in mind always: