The 15 Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin, According to Dermatologists And Estheticians

Have oily skin? Or maybe combination — shiny in the T-zone, but dry or balanced in the rest of your face? Or are you just acne-prone? Chances are, you’re one of these three most common skin types, and they usually have one thing in common (especially acne-prone skin): Excess oil production.

It’s perfectly normal and even perfectly treatable; the trick is understanding your skin type and providing it with the best products for oily skin, which are specifically crafted to help the problem, starting with a face wash for oily skin. However, finding the best moisturizer for you is a major part of balancing the skin — and, yes, everyone needs a moisturizer, no matter your skin type. 

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What Causes Oily Skin?

“Oily skin is due to overproduction of oil glands in the skin, which produces excess sebum,” says board-certified dermatologist Antony Nakhla. This sebum overproduction can lead to clogged pores, which can encourage bacteria and then causes acne. Oily skin can be due to many factors, including genetics, hormones, and medications. 

“True oily skin will feel oily throughout the day, even minutes or hours after they’ve cleansed in the morning, and not just in the T-zone, but everywhere,” says skin therapist and Dermalogica senior instructor Andrea James. This could even include an oily scalp, too.

While oily skin is too often detested, it shouldn’t be seen as a less-than-favorable skin type. In fact, it comes with a few major benefits, like better natural aging. “If you are blessed with normal skin at 20, you will have dry skin at 50, and if you have oily skin at 20, you will likely be blessed with normal skin at 50 because your oil production has slowed down,” explains board-certified dermatologist Heather

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