Myth #1: Avoiding Moisturizers
Since oily skin is caused by excess skin oil produced within the pores, some people may opt to skip a moisturizer altogether.
Moisturizing oily skin may seem counterintuitive but avoiding a moisturizer may dry out your skin, and cause your glands to produce more sebum, resulting in even more oil. Some great moisturizers for oily skin are:
Myth #2: Use Only Matte Makeup products
Most oily skin types hear the word "dewy" and immediately tune it out but restricting yourself to matte only products can actually end up drying out the skin.
Using a mattifying primer, matte foundation and powder combo consistently can contribute to skin dehydration over time and make your skin even oilier. Mixing the finishes of your base products, like a dewy primer with a mattifying foundation lowers the risk of drying out the skin. See our full list of best primers for Oily Skin.
Myth #3: Oily Skin types cannot use all-natural skin care or makeup products
Lies!! Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, opting for natural, paraben-free makeup and body care is a good option for all skin types.
Parabens are present in a wide variety of cosmetics and body care products and lab studies have found that parabens are estrogenic, meaning that they can mimic & disrupt the hormone system.
Skin care problems like acne are linked to hormonal imbalances so you'll be doing yourself & the environment if you opt for paraben-free and natural skincare. Some great paraben-free beauty lines are Plain Jane Beauty, Koyavoca, 100% pure, Josie Maran. You can also shop for DIY ingredients and natural only products with well.com.
Myth #4: You can't use serums or face oils on Oily Skin
This one is kind of true but not completely. There are certain oils that are high in "oleic" fatty acids which are a no-no for your skin and oils that are low in it and are fantastic for oily skin especially in the dry, winter months. The best face serums and oils for oily skin are grapeseed, rosehip, evening primrose, hemp, and pumpkin seed oil.
Myth #5: Sunscreen is to heavy for Oily Skin
Another Myth closely connected to this one when it comes to skin care for women of color is that dark skin doesn't need sunscreen. These are both false claims.
Sunscreen is a must for keeping skin outbreaks and should be part of a daily skincare routine. For oily skin, a lightweight formula or oil-free option will provide hydration without being sticky. Some options that will dissolve in your skin without a gray trace are: