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Do you need a moisturizer if you have oily skin?

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I'm too scared to use a moisturizer. My skin's already too oily. I'm afraid I'll break out. But my skin feels very dry after washing my face or when I wake up. What do I do? Moisturize, or not? If you've ever been bothered by these questions, read on for answers you can use!

Should you moisturize if you have oily skin?

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Short answer: yes. The "how" of it needs some detail. Read on.

When should you moisturize? How often?

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Moisturize after cleansing and toning (read more on step-by-step care for oily skin here). You should ideally moisturize twice a day - in the morning and once you're back home, or before you hit the bed.
If you are using a serum, use the serum before you moisturize, to give all the ingredients in the serum a good chance to get fully absorbed. (click here to know read more about serums)

What moisturizer should you use?

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This is perhaps the most important question to answer here. Here are some selection tips for the perfect moisturizer:

- Use a light moisturizer that doesn't weigh down on your skin
- Make sure your moisturizer's ingredients are non-comedogenic ( Click here to know what is comedogenic). Top comedogenic ingredients to avoid are cocoa butter, coconut oil and hydrogenated vegetable oils
- Ideally, you should use a different moisturizer for day and night. The night ones are richer in antioxidants and other care ingredients that might be a bit too "heavy" for daytime use
- If you are going to be out in the sun, pick a gel-based sunscreen for day use, and a gel-based light moisturizer for night use

Let's talk ingredients?

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Besides picking non-comedogenic ingredients, you should look to use some do-gooders for oily and acne-prone skin in your moisturizers. For example:

- natural acne fighters like green tea and tea tree oil
- AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid (read more about glycolic acid here)
- antioxidants like Vit C (click here to know more about antioxidants)
- spot fighters like niacinamide
- oil control ingredients like lemon peel and cinnamon bark

Got other questions? Bring them on - look for the comment box below!

Bonus tip: 

Never let your skin run dry, if you have oily skin. This will lead to over-active sebaceous glands that will produce more sebum, worsening the cycle. It's important to retain a sense of balance - in everything! 

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