Why does skin that's oily need moisturizer?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Moisture is about water, not oil. Your skin needs water in order for it to function properly and stay healthy. Even skin that is oily (due to excess sebum) still needs to maintain its natural hydration. Use a noncomedogenic, oil-free moisturizer, which is formulated so as not to clog pores. It's especially important to moisturize after you wash, since cleansing can contribute to moisture loss.

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Moisturizers can treat try skin and conditions like eczema, offer some sun protection and improve the appearance of skin all over your body. A basic moisturizer helps hold water in the skin's outer layers. Emollients fill in tiny ...

crevices between surfaces to keep skin smooth, while humectants draw water to the outermost layer of your skin for a dewy glow. Depending on your skin type, you may not need to moisturize your face or other areas as often as others. Your moisturizing routine could change based on the time of year and your environment. Find out more about moisturizers and how to apply them with expert advice from Sharecare.
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