On top of that, acne, pimples, and rashes remain the most common concern for Americans with oily skin, and acne prescriptions can lead to skin side effects and disruption of the skin barrier.
This is a complicated and confusing question.
“It’s a common misconception among people with oily, acne-prone skin that a moisturizer will make their skin oilier, or that using one can cause more breakouts. Working with dermatologists, we know that many patients or consumers using acne medications and treatments may experience dryness and irritation caused by prescription or over-the-counter medications like adapalene, salicylic acid, or peroxide benzoyl,” said Tyler Steele, vice president, medical and media relations at La Roche-Posay.
New York City Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein echoed the need for moisturizer for people with oily, acne-prone skin. Moisturizer can offset acne treatment side effects such as dryness and irritation, and specific moisturizing ingredients can improve skin barrier function without affecting the medication, she said.
La Roche-Posay’s new Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer may be one solution, officials say. The lightweight moisturizing gel is explicitly formulated for combination to oily, sensitive skin. It’s been clinically tested to be well-tolerated when using prescriptions for acne that can cause dry, sensitive skin, according to the L’Oreal-owned brand.
This mattifying gel moisturizer delivers a unique dual action that helps restore the skin barrier after one hour, and provides all-day shine-free hydration, according to La Roche-Posay. It contains La Roche-Posay prebiotic thermal water, sourced from the town of La Roche-Posay in France; ceramide-3, which plays an essential role in helping retain moisture and maintain a healthy skin barrier; niacinamide; glycerin of vegetable origin; silica to absorb a significant amount of oil from the skin; and pearlite. The latter is a powder derived from volcanic rock that can absorb water or oil and is known to give a matte finish to the skin.
“You can think of it as a tiny mineral sponge with pockets that absorb excess oil without causing irritation or dryness in the same way mattifying ingredients like alcohol can impact skin,” said said Steele.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer is sold at select CVS, Walgreens, Target and Ulta stores and can be purchased online at www.laroche-posay.us, Amazon, LovelySkin, Dermstore, Skinstore and SkincareRx.