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The Most Common Misconception About Oily Skin

This is a close up of 3 different hyaluronic acid serum options.

The Most Common Misconception About Oily Skin

October 5, 2020

I cannot tell you how many times someone has told me "oily skin just needs to be dried out" which logically would make sense. Unfortunately this is a common misconception about oily skin. Oily skin is your body's way of producing oils to hydrate and soothe your skin, because it is in fact dry. We see a lot of oiliness commonly in the teenage and early adult years, as hormones are still developing and trying to find a norm. For all of my fellow millennials, we were marketed proactiv back in the day to dry out our skin. They've since added a sister company, Rodan + Fields, to market to the new generations but the ingredients aren't any better, and do not even get me started on the MLM piece. Let's dive into specifics of how to fix oily skin.

*Please keep in mind I am not a dermatologist, or a licensed aesthetician. My recommendations are based on testing thousands of products, doing my own research and scouring the internet, and my own personal experience. Additionally skincare varies for everyone.

Add hyaluronic acid into your routine.

HA is having a huge moment. Everyone wants hyaluronic acid, but not a lot of people understand how this complex molecule works. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, which means it is extremely hydrating for the skin. The biggest thing to remember about hyaluronic acid however, is that it needs to pull moisture from somewhere. If your skin is dry (which is usually the case with oily skin) you definitely want to ensure you're giving your skin moisture so the hyaluronic acid can actually hold moisture from another product. Using just hyaluronic acid alone could actually have the opposite effect that you're looking for, so make sure you have a hydrating moisturizer on hand.


Use a face oil.

Many people think because their skin is oily, that they shouldn't use an oil but that couldn't be further from the truth. To ensure your skin is getting the hydration it needs you want to use a face oil (it can be something affordable like pure jojoba oil) but it will make a world of difference. Here's a few of my favorites:


Find a super hydrating moisturizer.

You want the moisture to really come from something super hydration, so having a luscious moisturizer is really going to be key. I love Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore, or this one from Sweet Chef. Here's a few of my favorites:

This is a close up of Adaleta Avdic holding a hydrating moisturizer from Sweet Chef Skincare.

Have you ever suffered from oily skin?

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I have more normal skin but think regardless of skin type, taking care of your skin is never a bad idea! xoxo, Sarah

Funny enough, I actually wrote about this exact thing in a post last week! It frustrates me to no end how people push for drying out oily skin or using really harsh treatments, when sometimes just adding in moisture and additional “good” oils can make a massive, positive difference! It certainly has for me! I use a cleansing oil and I use oil serums and hyaluronic acid AND a super intense moisturizer. And they’ve been fantastic for my skin! Glad you shared this!

Hey there, thanks for your time on this article. I’m always looking for more info/suggestions for my oily skin. Trial & error has been the name of my game and I thought some of those points to be true, though I wasn’t sure if it was just me or even if it was just a fluke or something haha. The validation is very much appreciated.

Anyway, wondering if there are any oils you would advise against using on oily skin? Like any that are more prone to clog pores and cause breakouts or that are really hard to get off of the skin, or anything like that?

Thanks so much for your time. O, also, wondering if you think that oil on your skin is sort of a natural preservative of sorts? As in, oilier skin ages more slowly than dryer counterparts? Just curious. Thanks so much.

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