Even the oiliest of skin needs a moisturizer—in fact, that excess sebum might be a sign that your skin is, in fact, dehydrated. That being said, it’s important to pick a moisturizer designed for your skin type to avoid congested pores or excess shine. The simple answer: Gels or gel creams over heavy-duty moisturizers.
“Gels or gel creams have a higher water content and are usually oil-free and are quickly absorbed into the skin,” board-certified dermatologist Ramya Garlapati, M.D., previously told mbg.
On the flip side, richer creams generally come oil-based and will leave the skin feeling a bit greasy–which is why they’re ideal for drier skin instead. A few hero ingredients to look for in your oily skin moisturizers include: