Most people believe moisturisers aren't helpful for oily complexions, but three types of moisturisers definitely are. These products help reduce sebum production, shine, and even the incidence of breakouts.
You may believe that you can use only oil-free moisturisers on your oily skin, but this just isn't true. In fact, moisturisers blended with the right oils can actually help reduce your skin's sebum.
A reduction in the severity of breakouts is another bonus of using a moisturiser with the right oils. Yes, you read that right: not all oils cause skin to break out, and some oils actually help to prevent breakouts.
Three kinds of moisturisers make great additions to an oily skincare routine:
- Lightweight moisturisers high in linoleic acid / omega-3 oils
- Moisturisers containing vitamin B3 (niacinamide)
- Exfoliating moisturisers
Each of these products has proven benefits for an oily skin type. These moisturisers not only are formulated not to exacerbate oily skin but also can guide your skin type towards normal.
Let's take a closer look at what each of these moisturisers has to offer.
1. Lightweight moisturisers high in linoleic acid / omega-3 oils for oily skin
If you have oily or problem skin, you likely believe that oil-based moisturisers either provoke breakouts or keep spots from healing. The truth will shock you: studies have shown that a certain type of omega-3 oil called 'linoleic acid' actually helps reduce breakouts by rebalancing sebum.
While some moisturisers contain a pure version of linoleic acid, others contain oils such as rosehip and grapeseed that are naturally high in lineolic acid.
Here's a selection of moisturisers that contain linoleic acid:
- La Roche–Posay Effaclar Duo Plus: Corrective and Unclogging Care contains linoleic acid, salicylic acid, and niacinamide.
- SkinCeuticals Emollience contains rosehip and grapeseed oils—both omega-3 oils containing high amounts of linoleic acid.
- ModelCo Clarifying Day & Night Moisturiser – Combination Skin is high in grapeseed oil.
2. Moisturisers with vitamin B3 for oily skin
Vitamin B3, or niacinamide, not only controls day-to-day oiliness but actually helps normalise oily skin. This vitamin has also been shown to help ameliorate the breakouts typical of oily complexions. It's likely these two benefits are linked, as higher sebum levels are directly related to the incidence of acne.
When you use a moisturiser containing vitamin B3, you also get a whole host of other benefits, including antioxidant protection, anti-ageing, skin brightening, and more.
These are some of our favourite vitamin B3 moisturisers:
3. Exfoliating moisturisers for oily skin
Oily skin is good at holding onto dead skin cells. Dead cells that remain on the skin too long:
- Cling to sebum and increase the oily look of your skin
- Feed spot-causing bacteria and encourage breakouts
There are two ways to exfoliate you skin: physically and chemically. The challenge with physical exfoliation is that it's extremely superficial. With oily skin, dead skin cells and sebum often become trapped inside the pores.
This is when chemical exfoliation comes to the rescue, or more specifically, salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, which makes it perfect for oily skin. This acid-based exfoliant can penetrate the sebum-filled pores of oily skin and get to work in the most needed of places.
Salicylic acid gradually breaks down the 'glue' that holds skin cells together, which speeds up skin's natural exfoliation rate. This helps to reduce the oily appearance of skin and prevents breakouts.
We've carefully selected our best salicylic acid moisturisers for you:
- Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Mattifier also contains niacinamide.
- Alpha-H Age Delay Anti Wrinkle Night Treatment offers anti-ageing benefits.
Now you know that moisturiser not only is beneficial to keeping oily skin hydrated but also can help to swing an oily skin type back towards normal.
If you're still looking for advice regarding the most appropriate moisturisers for your specific concerns, don't hesitate to contact our skincare specialists by email at email@example.com or by phone on 03 9486 7179.