Know Your Moisturizer: Oily/Combo/Acne Prone

by Megan Schwarz | April 17, 2015 | 3 Comments

Traditional water-based moisturizers are often undervalued and well, ignored, in the world of green beauty. And that’s a shame because they can be an excellent ally in your beauty ritual, especially for those prone to dehydration and flakiness. Why? Because water hydrates your skin. Simple as that. Additionally, the emulsion of water and oil allows the oil and its nutrients to access the deeper layers of your skin. It’s the reason we leave our skin damp or mist with a toner prior to applying a balm or oil – so that the oil will actually penetrate and not simply sit on our skin. (This excellent post on Sarita Coren’s website, Edible Facial, offers a more in depth exploration of this topic. It’s definitely worth a read!)

So does everyone need a water-based moisturizer? Of course not. If your skin is looking and feeling incredible, then keep doing what you are doing! (And tell me your secrets!) But if your skin has lost its luster or is, gasp, breaking out, then adding a moisturizer into your routine might be key. Yes, even oily and/or acne prone skin can benefit from a water-based moisturizer because skin lacking in hydration will likely overcompensate by producing more pore-clogging oil. Strive for balance.

Let’s discuss a few favorites:

Oily / Combo / Acne Prone / Sensitive
Province Apothecary Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer – This lotion is ultra-light and perfect for those with oily skin looking for a touch of hydration. It is a simple combination of rose flower water, balancing carrier oils, and heavy-hitting essential oils (think lavender, neroli, frankincense, immortelle, and rose otto). This lotion is also ideal for those oily-skinned folks struggling with breakouts or sensitivity.

Oily / Combo / Acne Prone
Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturizer – This is a creamier option that is still wonderful for those with oily skin. It combines antibacterial organic honey, toning witch hazel, and purifying lemon myrtle and lemon tea tree essential oils. Though creamy in texture, it is unusually mattifying making it perfect for those who tend to battle mid-day greasiness. The citrusy scent is also highly enjoyable!

Dry / Acne Prone
Jacqueline Evans Jojoba & Camellia Balancing Cream – Dry skin that is prone to breakouts is a *special* skin type (aka annoying; aka my skin type). It requires a more nourishing moisturizer than those geared towards oily skin, but nothing quite as extreme as those formulated for dry skin. Enter Jacqueline Evans Jojoba & Camellia Balancing Cream. This yummy cream balances, hydrates, nourishes, and protects. In fact, it’s my go-to daytime moisturizer. I adore it. (Don’t let the inclusion of cocoa butter scare you off my blemish-prone friends. Simply because a product has an ingredient that has caused someone else to breakout doesn’t mean it will do the same to you. Trust your intuition and be a little adventurous.)

Dry / Acne Prone / Sensitive
AS.AP Face Cream #6 – Another favorite of mine, this creamy treat is perfect for those dry, acne prone skin types that also deal with sensitivity issues. It combines healing olive oil with purifying essential oils of sandalwood, lavender, citronella, and grapefruit to decongest, calm, and repair. I have recently been using this face cream at night to seal in my serums and oils, but it works beautifully for daytime as well. Plus, it smells fantastic!

Tune in next week when we’ll explore moisturizers for balanced and dry skin types!

Tagged: asap, jacqueline-evans, know-your-moisturizer, province-apothecary, skin-care, skin-care-moisturizers, therapi


Irma Nelson
October 02, 2015

Irma Nelson

As my skin is very sensitive and i cannot use the random product, but its true some formulations actually affect our skin and need to be cured using correct product. Having dry skin and acne over my face i choose Hydrading Intense Moisturizer of Image skincare products which actually moisture and radiate my skin and i love its total facial cleanser as well and is suitable for all skin types to regain its moisture from dry skin.

Dream & Scheme
April 27, 2015

Dream & Scheme

I struggle with combination, acneic skin types that usually leans towards oily in the summer and dry in winter. I’d love to try the Province Apothecary Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer and the Jacqueline Evans Jojoba & Camellia Balancing Cream.

April 17, 2015


Anything with honey & witch hazel IM SOLD lol- def want to try that Balancing Cream! Great post, pinned it :)
Keep em coming
Much luv, Angie (

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