Are oil cleansers good for oily skin?

If you have oily or combination skin, this creates a vicious cycle: You cleanse and tone ALL the oil off your skin.

The most effective cleansers for oily skin types will be formulated with gentle, non-drying surfactants that can efficiently cut through oil within the pore but won’t leave your skin tight, dry, or irritated.

Take a look at the ingredient list, and steer clear of sneaky additions like sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and ammonium lauryl sulfate.

As they’re known to produce a high lather and are drying and irritating and can disrupt the skin’s protective barrier.

If you dry out and strip your skin too much, it compromises the integrity of your skin barrier, and in turn stimulates even more oil production. Thus, a vicious and frustrating cycle can begin.

When it comes to oily skin, many people are constantly trying to remove the oil, which in turn ends up stripping the skin.

So many people are programmed to think they need to eliminate oil, but it often results in an adverse reaction.

Especially since many oil-absorbing products are alcohol-based.

When the skin is stripped of its oil barrier, it triggers a cascade of oil production since one of our skin’s primary jobs is to create sebum as a form of protection.

So what to do when you have oily skin?

If you’re set on using a cleansing oil, make sure you choose one with ingredients that are high quality and low on the comedogenic scale.

And make sure to double- or triple-cleanse afterward!

Or skip the cleansing oil altogether, and go straight for a cleanser that is hydrating enough to keep your skin balanced and happy but can effectively deep-clean your pores.


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