Oily skin is prone to breakouts, so you need a cleanser that can fight blemishes before they begin.
If you have oily skin, it's hard not to know it—particularly if your skin is also prone to breakouts. Oily skin is the result of an excess production of protective sebum. The first step to combating excessive oiliness and the breakouts that so often accompany it is a good cleanser.
By removing excess sebum, you can steadily combat oiliness and reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts. But first, you need to find the right cleanser.
Choose a Cleanser for Oily Skin
Cleansers formulated for oily skin lift away excess oil as well as the makeup, bacteria, and debris that oil can trap in your pores. Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide if you don't have sensitive skin. These ingredients absorb oil and fight blemishes before they begin.
Cleanse the Right Way
If your face seems to get oily no matter what you do, it's tempting to take on cleansing as a full-time hobby, washing your face every chance you get. This strategy can backfire, since excessive cleansing may actually cause your skin to produce more oil.
Some other strategies that can help you combat oil:
- Choose only oil-free cleansers.
- Don't scrub your face too hard when you cleanse, since doing so can irritate skin and lead to excess oil production.
- If you're worried that you're not getting a deep enough clean, try a manual or power cleansing brush. The Clarisonic Mia 2 Deep Pore Decongesting Solution Skin Cleansing System includes a sonic cleansing brush, Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, and Decongesting Clay Mask.
- Don't pick at or frequently touch your face. Doing so can introduce oil and bacteria, causing your complexion to deteriorate.
- Don't get body lotion or other emollient products on your face.
Don't Forget to Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the secret weapon in the arsenal against oily skin. Regular exfoliation offers a deeper clean, removing excess oil and unclogging congested pores. If your skin is flaky or blotchy, exfoliation can help even your complexion.
As with other skincare strategies, don't overdo it with exfoliation, or you may accidentally make your skin oilier. Be sure to take your skin type into account. If your skin is thinner or more delicate, then using a chemical exfoliant, such as a serum that contains AHAs, may be the way to go.
Don't forget to analyse the products you're already using. Check whether or not your cleanser contains a chemical exfoliant, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. If so, err on the side of caution when introducing a physical scrub. If you're using a Clarisonic, you may find that your skin needs a physical scrub less often.
If your cleanser doesn't contain a chemical exfoliant already, start with weekly exfoliation. Then gradually increase to two or three times per week based on your skin's reaction. Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% is an excellent all-purpose exfoliator that can give you the smooth, balanced, acne-free skin you crave.