A Dermatologist Picks the 7 Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin, From Day to Night

Updated 12/19/18
Claire Most—Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin
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There's a certain irony to shopping for moisturizers as someone with oily skin. At first glance, it appears as though this is an unnecessary item—slicked skin wouldn't need more moisture, right? Well, as it turns out, that line of thinking isn't true.

"All skin types can suffer the consequences of skin dehydration: wrinkling, ashy skin, and poor tone," says Tanuj Nakra, MD, cosmetic surgeon and co-founder of AVYA Skincare. "Even if you have oily skin, you are not adequately protected from these negative skin conditions. Proper moisture, even for those with oily skin, can lead to beautifully plump, dewy complexions."

Nakra says that shopping for a moisturizer to hydrate oily skin is easier than it seems. All it takes is to identify products that are non-comedogenic, and avoiding those that have fatty-chain compounds. "Humectants are water-attracting compounds that are oil-free and excellent choices for those with oily skin," Nakra continues. "Effective humectants include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and snow mushroom extract. These are the exact ingredients found in the AVYA Skincare Day Moisturizer, a product that was specifically designed for oily skin."

As you search, Nakra jokes that you should "run far, far away" from oil-based moisturizers with these ingredients to keep skin looking clear: petroleum jelly, wheat germ oil, soybean oil, and palm kernel oil. And don't even think about using toners, even if not doing so seems ironic, too. "Unfortunately, many people with oily skin use toners to strip the skin's oils in the hopes of reduced acne and oiliness," he continues. "Toners are a holdover from historical skincare routines, and should not be used, as they strip natural oils, seriously dry out the skin, and lead to all sorts of negative consequences."

These are the best moisturizers for oily skin, according to Nakra, which will help simplify your skincare routine from day to night and make your profile look smooth and clear. It's only too bad he can't go shopping with you.

Day Moisturizers

AVYA Skincare Day Moisturizer SPF 20 Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin
AVYA Skincare Day Moisturizer SPF 20 $105
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"This is carefully crafted for oily skin, and protects, hydrates, and soothes," he says. 

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 $35
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"This is a cult favorite," Nakra says. "It is light, effective, and has a high SPF rating."

Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin Neutrogena Naturals Brightening Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 25
Neutrogena Naturals Brightening Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 25 $20
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"This is a non-comedogenic moisturizer that gets the basics right," he continues.

Night Moisturizers

AVYA Skincare Night Moisturizer Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin
AVYA Skincare Night Moisturizer $110
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"Thoughtfully created for oily skin, this product exfoliates, nourishes, and boosts radiance with active botanicals," Nakra says.

Neocutis Micronight Rejuvenating Cream
Neocutis Micronight Rejuvenating Cream $130
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"This product features glycerin and other active hydrating lipids," Nakra adds.

Origins High-Potency Night-a-Mins Resurfacing Cream
Origins High-Potency Night-a-Mins Resurfacing Cream $45
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"This smooth product features vitamin C, one of the most powerful active ingredients that fights aging," he says.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream $10
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"This is a no-frills, non-comedogenic cream that delivers on the basic needs of oily skin," Nakra notes. 

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