Skincare Tips & Advice
Choosing and Using the Best Products for Your Oily Skin
Oily skin is caused by an excessive production of sebum. However, by choosing a moisturizer and cleanser for oily skin that are formulated to help restore the skin's barrier, you can keep excess oil at bay and achieve healthy looking skin.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Regardless of which type of skin you have—normal, dry, oily, combination—everyone has sebaceous glands that secrete oil, or sebum. In those with oily skin, the sebaceous glands over-produce sebum, which can cause skin to look and feel oily, and may cause you to be more prone to developing acne or other blemishes. However, a skin routine for oily skin can help minimize excess sebum production and help you achieve more balanced, healthy-looking skin.
Quick Tips for Oily Skin
- Cleansers formulated with Benzoyl Peroxide can help clear acne breakouts and help prevent new acne pimples from forming, while Salicylic Acid can help remove dead skin cells to soften and smooth the skin.
- A foaming, non-comedogenic cleanser is ideal for removing excess oil, dirt and residues. Gently wash your face, as scrubbing and excessive cleansing can damage the skin’s moisture barrier and cause an increase in sebum production.
- Moisturizers formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and three essential Ceramides can help maintain and restore the skin’s barrier.
Choosing Products for Oily Skin
Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid help retain the skin’s natural moisture, three essential Ceramides help restore the skin's barrier and Niacinamide help calm skin. These ingredients can be found in Cleansers and moisturizers and benefit all skin types.
A cleanser for oily skin, daytime moisturizer with a broad-spectrum SPF and nighttime moisturizer are the foundations for any oily skin routine. All of the components of your skincare regimen should be developed for oily skin, gentle and non-comedogenic to not clog your pores.
However, if your skin is prone to breakouts, you may want to choose a cleanser for oily skin that is also formulated with Benzoyl Peroxide, which can help clear acne breakouts and help prevent new acne pimples from forming, or Salicylic Acid, which helps remove dead skin cells to soften and smooth the skin.
One of the best tips for those with oily skin—or any skin type—is to wash your face twice a day, morning and evening. However, those with oily skin can be inclined to scrub, which can irritate the skin, damage the skin's moisture barrier and cause an increase in sebum production. Rather than scrubbing, be gentle with your skin and gently massage in a circular motion.
- Choosing a gentle, non-abrasive, foaming cleanser. (Get help choosing best oily skin cleanser for your skincare regimen.)
- Splash your face with lukewarm water and apply your cleanser using only your fingertips—being careful not to scrub. Although wash cloths, mesh sponges and other products may be marketed to help clean the skin, they can actually irritate it, so it's best to simply use the soft pads of your fingertips to apply cleanser.
- Use lukewarm water to rinse away any cleanser, then gently pat your face dry using a soft towel.
Choosing a Moisturizer for Oily Skin
After cleansing, apply moisturizer to the skin. Many people believe that because they have oily skin, they don't need a moisturizer. However, because excess oil production is ultimately caused by an impaired skin barrier, moisturizers with ingredients like Ceramides (which help restore the skin's barrier), Hyaluronic Acid (which helps retain skin’s natural moisture) and Niacinamide, can be an important part of your skincare routine.
For day, the best moisturizer for oily skin will not only include Hyaluronic Acid, three essential Ceramides and Niacinamide, but it will also be non-comedogenic and include broad-spectrum SPF. When moisturizing your skin at night, choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer that can deliver moisture while you sleep—so you can start the day with fresh, hydrated skin.
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