June 14, 2010
What moisturiser should you use if you have acne? Do you need to moisturise oily skin? These are questions I get quite often; so I thought I'd address them here on the blog!
To start off, yes, yes, yes. If you have acne-prone or oily skin, then you DO still need to moisturise. Moisturising is an essential step in your skin care regime, for a few reasons.
Firstly, it's important to keep your skin hydrated, no matter what skin type you have. Oil and hydration are two different things - oily skin still needs to be kept hydrated. In fact, one of the reasons people with oily skin can't seem to calm down their skin's oil production is because a common reaction to oiliness is to stop moisturising the skin & start cleansing it with drying, stripping cleansers which literally 'strip' the skin's natural oils. What this does is to make the skin panic, and think that it needs to produce more oil. So you could actually be increasing your skin's oil production by not moisturising! And this is obviously not what you want if your problem is oiliness.
The same is true of acne-prone skin: if you have acne, your skin is stressed and unbalanced enough as it is. Not using a moisturiser isn't going to help to calm the skin down - what you need to do is to find a natural moisturiser that's right for you - that sinks into your skin and feels right, and doesn't produce any oiliness or greasiness. And this doesn't necessarily mean buying an oil-free moisturiser - some oils are extremely beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin - like rosehip oil, which helps to reduce scarring and pigmentation, and lavender oil, which helps to balance excess oil production.
Once you've found the right moisturiser for you, it will become an essential part of your skincare regime, and, as long as you choose a moisturiser that contains ingredients suited to your skintype, you will notice your skin starting to balance itself out and become much healthier and happier!
To get you started, here are my picks of the best moisturisers for acne-prone & oily skin:
Blissoma Peace Evening Facial Creme (particularly good for adult acne)
Blissoma Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum (Very astringent - so perfect if you have acne plus oily skin)
Raw Gaia MSM Beauty Cream (contains MSM, a natural form of Sulphur; fantastic at healing acne)
Mokosh Face Oil for Oily Skin
Until next time! x