Derm DMs: Can You Use Body Lotion on Your Face?
Using body moisturizer or lotion on your face can get tricky, especially if you have a sensitive or oily skin type. And if you’re acne-prone, body moisturizers and lotions can do more harm to your face than good by clogging your pores. Ahead, we consulted with dermatologist Caren Waintraub, M.D., from Schweiger Dermatology for her take on the body lotion versus face moisturizer matter.
Is It OK to Use Body Lotion on the Face?
According to Dr. Waintraub, most (but not all) body lotions or moisturizers are simply not designed for the face. “Body lotions and creams are designed for areas of the skin that need more help in maintaining moisture, and because the face has many more oil glands than the body — they can leave the face feeling oily,” she says.
Who Should Not Use Body Lotion on the Face?
With that being said, your skin type matters when it comes to whether or not you can get away with using a body lotion on the face. Body lotions are designed to be used in areas that need help in maintaining that moisture, and you probably don’t need help with that if you have oily skin. Instead, opt for a clarifying, lightweight matte moisturizer like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat or the Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer.
When Is it Okay to Use a Body Lotion on the Face?
There are a few exceptions to Waintraub’s rule, though. Some products are designed to be used on both the face and body, and these are usually OK to use on both, particularly on dry and dehydrated skin. “Especially in the winter, some body creams or lotions are designed to be used temporarily to protect and soothe severely dry and cracked skin,” she says. If this is the case, you can opt for an all-in-one moisturizer like the CeraVe Healing Ointment or the Skinceuticals Hydra Balm Moisturizer, which can be used anywhere on the face or body.