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It may seem counterintuitive, but oily skin needs moisture too. In fact, trying to dry out your skin or using overly harsh skincare products can backfire and trigger an increase in your skin’s production of sebum. This is especially risky if you have acne-prone skin, since excess oil can result in clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads. Oily skin can benefit from gentle cleansers that remove dirt, excess oil, and other impurities, as well as moisturizers that provide your skin with the essential hydration it needs, without clogging your pores. CeraVe’s face washes for oily skin and moisturizers for oily skin are formulated with essential ceramides to help restore your skin’s protective barrier, which helps your skin hold on to hydration and keep irritants out.


Find the answers to some frequently asked questions about oily skin below.

  • There are a lot of factors that can cause oily skin. They include genetics, hormone fluctuations, stress, and humidity. Identifying the cause of your oily skin is the first step in understanding how you can best take care of it.
  • Although oily skin and dry skin are two different skin types, certain irritants (like overdrying your skin) can cause oily skin. The best way to know if you have oily skin or dry skin that’s overcompensating is to identify your skin type. Once you understand which type you have, you can incorporate the appropriate products into your skincare routine to care for it and any other skin concerns.


  • You can help manage oily skin by looking for products that are lightweight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic, so they won’t clog your pores or cause acne flare-ups. Look for targeted skincare products that contain salicylic acid, which cleans out your pores to help prevent breakouts. Salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid featured in our Acne Control Cleanser and Acne Control Gel, can be used along with our AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen and PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for a complete oily skin routine. Be sure to consistently cleanse and moisturize day and night. If you’re struggling to control your oily skin or acne-prone skin, always speak with a board-certified dermatologist.

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