acne-prone skin

Have you been avoiding moisturizers due to oily acne-prone skin?

If you answered “yes”, you are not alone. In fact, it is a common myth in the skincare world that those with oily acne-prone skin should avoid moisturizers as their skin is oily enough.

Today, I wanted to shine a light on this hot debate. 

Do moisturizers worsen acne?

The simple answer is no.

Despite many people avoiding moisturizer as they believe their skin is too oily for any added moisture, those with oily acne-prone skin still need to moisturize. 

This is because, typically, the increase in oil results from cleansing (and over-cleansing) the face, without replenishing it afterwards. This strips all oils from the skin’s surface and, in turn, results in an overproduction of natural oils as your skin fights for hydration. 

Skincare steps for oily skin

If you suffer from oily, or acne-prone skin, your skincare should be simple!

  1. Cleanse
  2. Apply acne treatment (if applicable)
  3. Use a toner
  4. Moisturize

Bonus Steps (for daytime): Use SPF!

This simple, but effective routine, will help remove excess oil, without stripping your skin completely, keeping sebum production balanced. It will also help soothe predetermined acne on your skin, avoiding any itching or visible dryness. 

Best moisturizers for oily/ acne-prone skin?

While looking for a moisturizer, or any skincare products for oily acne-prone skin, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim suggests products without:

To minimize skin irritation and future breakouts. Furthermore, read product directions accordingly. For example, if a product calls for a pea-sized amount, that is what you are meant to use to minimize irritation. Less is always more!

Looking for acne Solutions? 

If you are looking for a skin care physician to clear up your acne, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim is currently accepting patients. 

To book a consultation with Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, click HERE.  Please note that we do not accept email enquiries.