Best Oil Free Moisturizers
Tempo de leitura 11 min
Tempo de leitura 11 min
"Oil Free" is a complicated statement in skin care that's way more confusing than it needs to be, in fact, there is no standard definition of "oil free" in skin care at all. I'm a dermatologist, and in this blog I'll provide my own definition and recommendations of oil free moisturizers for all 16 Baumann Skin Types. Oily skin types often ask for a recommendation for an oil-free moisturizer for the face, but is avoiding oil in face lotions and creams really necessary when you have oily skin? Can dry skin types use oil-free face lotions and creams? Are gel moisturizers better for oily skin? This blog will explain what "oil free" means and if oil free products are good for your skin type.
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Which oil free moisturizer is best for you depends upon if you are oily or dry, as well as the other skin health barriers you have. Below Here are some general suggestions on the best moisturizers for individual skin concerns. Keep in mind that this advice is less personalized than your custom skin care routine recommendation is after you take the quiz.
Oily skin types can have a hard time finding products that don't cause acne. That's because oily skin types can get clogged pores from an excess of lipids on the face, including saturated fatty acids from many oils. For those reasons and more, I often advise oil free moisturizers like these for oily skin types:
Essopi Triple Antioxidant Serum is my go-to oil-free moisturizer when my patients have sensitive skin and need antioxidants in their skincare routine.
This product is good for Baumann Skin Types 7,8,11,&12
This oil free antiaging moisturizer has peptides and antioxidants. It has jojoba esters but not the oil form of jojoba. It was designed to be noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.
EltaMD AM Restore is an oil free moisturizer. It has some ascorbyl palmitate in it which is mildly comedogenic, however, it the moisturizer has been tested and shown to be noncomedogenic so it should be safe in acne-prone skin types.
Elta MD PM Restore Moisturizer is also oil-free and noncomedogenic. It is a bit heavier than the AM version so it you have very oily skin, you will not like this. Does not repair the skin barrier, so this is not for dry skin types. It is best for normal/oily and combination/oily types which some people call combination skin.
Dry skin types need a moisturizer in their regular daily routine, but some dry skin types might be sensitive to many kinds of oils. Some oils can still clog the pores of acne-prone dry skin types, or are simply allergenic to some people. If you have dry skin and need an oil free moisturizer for your daily regimen, here is my product recommendation for you:
This oil free moisturizer was created by Dermatologist Dr. Amy Brodsky. It has niacinamide to help give cells energy to make collagen and other vital components and to repair skin damage. Niacinamide is a PAR-2 blocker that help even skin tone. This product is perfect for dry skin types with acne and dark spots from acne.
Anti-aging products are designed to do things like promote collagen synthesis, aid in exfoliation, eliminate free radicals on the skin, smooth skin texture, and more. Anti-aging is a challenging skin care journey because it is best treated through prevention. For that reason and others, many moisturizers have anti-aging benefits, but some people are sensitive to products with oils in them. If you are looking for an oil free anti-aging moisturizer, these are my two favorites:
SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum is one of the best oil-free antiaging moisturizers. It's also noncomedogenic. It has many antiaging growth factors and peptides.
This retinol for beginners is oil-free. Make sure you use it as part of a complete customized skincare routine to get the best results.
Acne prone skin types are the most likely to get clogged pores from using oils in skin care products. If you are prone to acne and can't find products that won't clog your pores, but still need a moisturizer, this product might be your skin type solution:
Protecting your skin from solar radiation should be a part of your everyday skin care routine. If you are hesitant to use sunscreen because it might clog your pores, I recommend this oil free sunscreen for you:
This oil free body lotion contains humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to help hold water on the skin's surface.
There are a few things to think about in addition to skin type before buying a oil free moisturizer for your face. It is important to ask yourself, "Why would I want an oil free moisturizer?" Below I discuss the different reasons you might need to use oil free skincare products.
There are a few key reasons why someone may want to use an oil free moisturizer:
Many people simply do not like the feeling of heavier, greasier moisturizers on their skin. Even patients who do not have overly oily skin often prefer the lighter feel of an oil free moisturizer formula. These are designed to hydrate the skin without leaving behind a slippery, tacky, or shiny residue after application.
For those with very oily skin, excess sebum and slipperiness are major concerns. Applying an oil free moisturizer can provide hydration while controlling grease and shine. Patients also appreciate that oil free moisturizers allow makeup, powder, and sunscreen to glide smoothly onto skin without appearing patchy or caking up.
Moisturizers with high oil content have a higher likelihood of clogging pores for some skin types. This in turn leads to increased blackheads, breakouts, and congestion over time. Opting for an oil free, non-comedogenic formula minimizes this risk. Those already struggling with acne will likely see better results from an oil free moisturizer.
When research subjects enjoy the feel and performance of a moisturizer formula, studies show they are more likely to apply it consistently every day. The non-greasy refreshing feel of oil free options makes people more eager to use them. This leads to better absorption of all regimen steps.
So in summary- the main driver for using an oil free moisturizer is personal preference for a lightweight, easily absorbed, non-greasy hydrating formula. But they also provide essential oil control and clog preventing benefits for the right skin types.
Once you have a better feel for why you want an oil free moisturizer, lets discuss the best moisturizers out there that do not contain oil.
Using lightweight oil free hydrators offers perks like:
There is no standard definition or criteria that regulates use of the term "oil free" on skincare product labeling. As a dermatologist specializing in clinical skin care, I have often been asked to clarify what oil free truly means. This is what it means to me:
If interpreting the phrase literally, oil free would indicate a product formula containing no oil ingredients whatsoever. However, many items marketed as oil free actually do contain components of plant oils such as esters.
The term oil free can also be used as a descriptive adjective referring to the final texture, feel and spreadability of the product. Oil free denotes that the moisturizer, lotion, cleanser or serum has a lightweight, non-greasy, water-like feel when applied. It does not necessarily denote a complete absence of oily feeling substances. Oil free does not mean noncomedogenic, as some non oil ingredients can clog pores.
Oily free skincare may have ingredients that clog pores. For example, Bees wax is not considered an oil but is comedogenic. Oil free often means the moisturizer is light weight, but does not necessarily mean that the moisturizer is not greasy feeling. Fatty alcohols, for example, are not oils but give moisturizers a greasy oily texture.
It can be very confusing shopping for oil free skincare, so I suggest you make it easy on yourself and take our skincare routine quiz. We will help you find the best oil-free moisturizers for your skin type. Without knowing your Baumann Skin Type it is hard to know if an oil free gel moisturizer, oil - free lotion, or oil free cream is right for you.
These ingredients in skincare are not considered oils, but do feel oily on the skin. They may be found in 'oil-free moisturizers'. I divided them up by which plant oil or petroleum product the ingredient is derived from.
From Palm Oil:
From Soybean Oil:
From Vegetable Oil:
From Castor Oil
From Mineral Oil
From Olive Oil
These can be in products which make them feel heavy and greasy even if they are technically "oil free."
As you can see, there is a lot to known when choosing an oil free moisturizer. Let us help you find the right moisturizer that targets all of your barriers to healthy skin.
If your moisturizer makes you break out, make sure it does not contain any comedogenic ingredients. Not all oils are comedogenic. Also, some oil-free moisturizers can make you breakout because they may have comedogenic ingredients like beeswax. Just because a moisturizer is oil-free does not mean it will not cause pimples.
Some moisturizers have comedogenic ingredients that make you break out. But dry skin types with acne need a moisturizer. In fact, if your skin is too dry- that can cause acne. So it is ok to use a moisturizer when you have acne if you use one that is right for your Baumann Skin Type.
Oily skin types often prefer the feel of a gel moisturizer or a serum.
Oil-in-water (O/W) moisturizers are lightweight and quickly absorbed, ideal for oily or combination skin, providing hydration without a greasy feel. Water-in-oil (W/O) moisturizers are richer, creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss, suited for dry or sensitive skin. The choice between O/W and W/O depends on skin type and hydration needs.