Do you really need an oil-free moisturizer?
This is a common question people have when seeking out a new facial moisturizer, especially those who have oily or combination skin. Back before people became more ingredients savvy, they heeded the advice "If you have oily skin, you have to choose oil-free products."
The truth, however, is that "oil-free" is a marketing gimmick. There is no regulation or standard when it comes using this claim in personal care products. Interpretation of "oil-free" often varies by brand. In the strictest sense, a true "oil-free" product would not contain any butters, oils or waxes. Some brands label a product "oil-free" if it doesn't contain ingredients with oil in the name.
"Oil" can be a scary word for those with oily skin or breakout-prone skin. However, there are many oils that actually help balance sebum or can actually inhibit acne flare ups. Examples of these would be squalane, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil. There is a misconception that all oils should be avoided or that they will clog your pores and this simply is not true.
I had a friend not long ago who bought an oil-free moisturizer and it made her skin more oily and she developed pimples on her chin. She asked me to take a look at the ingredients label to figure out what was going on. Her moisturizer contained dimethicone and petrolatum, both of which are common culprits in terms of clogging the pores.
In fact, New York dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick says to “steer clear of clogging ingredients like petroleum, mineral oil or silicones like dimethicone...or artificial fragrances [which] are also a no-no as they are irritants and trigger inflammation and flare ups.” All of the above are commonly found in "oil-free" products.
Is your skin oily? Consider Seed Daily Facial Moisturizer with natural ingredients to soothe and soften the skin as it helps balance sebum production, thanks to the jojoba oil and niacinamide.
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