A staple part of even the most basic skincare routines is moisturizing. No matter what your skin type is, this is a step that you can’t and shouldn’t miss. Those with oily skin type might wonder why moisturizing oily skin is important. Since the skin already produces excess oil and sebum that leads your pores to be clogged up, it might seem that moisturizing your skin is harmful. But that is not the case at all.
Something that is overlooked while taking care of oily skin is that we often use products that strip the skin from its natural oils in an attempt to control acne. In this manner, we end up depriving our skin. Hence, it is important to use oil-free moisturizers that control the oil on your skin while also providing your skin with the adequate hydration it needs.
Here are 4 reasons why moisturizing oily skin is important and should be an essential step in your skincare routine.
If you use harsh oil stripping products and neglect using a moisturizer for your skin, it might send your oil glands into a frenzy. This will provide them with the feedback that the skin is dry and needs more oil. As a result, it will end up producing large amounts of oil that will make your skin look shiny and greasy and restart the cycle of you developing clogged pores and acne. To avoid this, it is important that you incorporate an oil-free, water-based, and non-comedogenic brand of moisturizer into your daily skincare routine. These will hydrate your skin and give you a nice matte finish.
Dry and dehydrated skin caused by excess chemical products used to dry up your pores and skin will leave you with less than desirable side effects. Dehydrated skin is more easily wrinkled and sagging. You might fall victim to premature aging. Sure, these wrinkles won’t be immediately visible, but in a few years, you’ll start to notice these changes. On top of that, wearing makeup on this skin will damage it even further as there is no barrier between the makeup and your gentle skin. You need moisture on your skin to retain its elasticity and youth.
Moisture on the skin serves as a protective layer from bacteria, viruses, and other harsh agents that could directly damage your skin. If you constantly dry out your skin using oil-removing products and then don’t rehydrate your skin using a proper moisturizer suited for your skin type, bacteria and viruses will penetrate into your skin more easily. This will have the opposite effect of the one you were aiming for as these bacteria will lead to an increase in acne and skin diseases.
For the medical treatment of acne, the products that are used are ones that have a deep dehydrating effect on the skin. Skin is the body’s largest organ and not taking care of it will have effects on various systems, not just the body’s aesthetic value. The agents used in acne medication are topical retinoids like tretinoin and isotretinoin. Other than this, antibacterials like benzoyl peroxide are used. Topical retinoids increase the rate at which skin sheds and replaces old dead skin cells whereas benzoyl peroxide is a chemical exfoliant. Here’s what they both have in common: they cause a rapid loss of moisture from your skin.
Here are some tips to help you decide how to choose a moisturizer and how often to moisturize oily skin.
For the type of moisturizer, you should use, choose something light-weight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. Another thing to keep in mind is that it should have SPF. If your skin is undergoing acne treatment, it becomes all the more prone to UV rays. Comedogenic agents are agents that clog your pores.
You should also moisturize your skin once or twice a day, depending on how often your wash your face and how often you feel your skin dry up due to treatments. Twice a day is considered ideal. Apply a nickel-sized amount to your whole face, and if you feel over-moisturized, adjust the amount accordingly.
These were some reasons why moisturizing oily skin is important and shouldn’t be overlooked.