It sounds counter-intuitive: if you struggle with oily skin, the last thing you’d think it needs is more moisture. But the truth is, the reason your skin over-produces oil may be that it’s not getting enough hydration. Maybe you’ve scrapped this very important skincare step thinking it would help, only to experience even oilier skin. Don’t worry–we’re using science to get you out of this skin concern cycle.
How can oily skin be dehydrated?
The fact that oily skin can’t be dry is a major misconception about skin. In actuality, though sebum—the oil produced from oil glands—may be plentiful, the surrounding skin may be dry. Sebum plays a role in retaining moisture in the surface skin cells. But by itself, it may not be adequate without a humectant, which helps keep water from evaporating. Basically, oil and water are two different things, and our skin needs both to be healthy.