When your skin gets dry, it responds by creating more oil. This extra oil can clog pores, giving you pimples. Not moisturizing if you have oily skin can actually make your skin produce more oil because it’s dry and this can cause your skin to look even more shiny.

Skin has what is called a “moisture barrier.” This is the barrier of the skin that is responsible for keeping moisture in and bad bacteria out (keeping in mind that there’s always a mix of yeast and p. acnes bacteria, among others, present on the skin). However, this barrier can become stripped away, which makes skin lose moisture at a rapid rate, leading to the production of more sebum (oil) to “compensate,” as well as more bacteria to feed on the dead skin cells and sebum. As a result, skin becomes more sensitive, dry, oily, dull, and potentially broken out. It also will heal slower and respond more viciously to skin remodelers (actives such as AHA, BHA, BP, sulfur, and tretinoin).

The most common culprit of this is a stripping cleanser. Your skin should never feel dry or tight after cleansing. It should feel clean, bouncy, and comfortable. You shouldn’t feel like your cheeks or forehead may crack if you make a face. Avoid stripping cleansers, and try this Gentle Wash instead.

Other offenders in the line-up to consider are actives, irritating ingredients such as essential oils and fragrances, and clay masks.

When looking to solve dehydrated skin or a “stripped” moisture barrier, the first thing to consider, and the most obvious, is moisture content. Do you drink adequate amounts of water a day? This doesn’t mean chugging water all day long, but you should be drinking at least 8-ounce glasses of fluid every day.

Another facet of moisture is how much moisture is around your skin and what is on your skin to drink that moisture up (and hold it to the skin itself.) For people in drier environments or simply those of us prone to dry or dehydrated skin, we highly recommend investing in a humidifier (warm or cold.) For those that use one virtually every night, it makes a noticeable difference in how plump your skin remains throughout the day and night.

All skin, even oily skin, needs to be moisturized. It’s also necessary to take into account the other things that you are using on your face. If you are cleansing daily, as you should, and not following with moisturizer then there is a very good chance that you will strip your moisture barrier and damage your skin. If you are using any acne treatments and not moisturizing, then it’s not a matter of chance, you will harm your moisture barrier. Dermatologists are not estheticians, they are trained to diagnose skin ailments, not recommend routines.

The best thing you can do for oily or dehydrated skin is use a light moisturizer every day and night as well as cleansing. There is this option for Moisture Gel, which is perfect for this. Another good one is this Moisture Cream, which offers some balance for more oily skin types.  The moisture cream can also be mixed with a couple drops of our Healing Moisture Drops product to add more hydration.

We hope this helps you find the right products and regimen to help your oily or dehydrated skin. Always feel free to give us a call at 801-800-6602 with any questions or concerns you might have.