Your oily skin still needs moisturiser. Here’s why + what to use

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One skincare myth that has been doing the rounds at least since when we were in high school is that oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser. This is based on the belief that the oil is enough to keep skin sufficiently moisturised. People also believed that using moisturiser on greasy skin could make the situation worse. We are here to tell you that you have been believing a lie because *all skin types* can benefit from using this product. Here’s why you need it in your skincare routine.

Why moisturiser is a must-have

Many people with oily skin have been led to believe that they don’t need to use a moisturiser. While it’s true that people with this skin type have more moisturised skin, this doesn’t mean that incorporating one into their routine can’t be beneficial.


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Those with oily skin can often also experience more breakouts as a result. This is because the oil – or sebum – can become trapped in and clog your pores. For this reason, people with this skin type need to be mindful of the ingredients in their skincare products. Also, moisturisers have come a long way and there are even formulas that have a mattifying effect on your skin. Here are some of the ingredients to look for in your cream to keep your skin balanced, healthy and shine-free.


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  • Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid, or BHA. This means it can penetrate deep into the pores to flush them free of dirt and buildup.
  • Azelaic acid is tolerated by even the most sensitive skin and helps to exfoliate it and regulate sebum production.
  • Retinol A popular ingredient for tackling signs of ageing, retinol encourages skin cell turnover to optimise skin function.

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