Looking for tips and techniques to treat oily skin? From excess oil to enlarged pores, blackheads and breakouts, get expert advice on how to balance oily skin, the ingredients to look for, skin detoxes, when to use your products, and how to prevent further blemishes.
Skincare for oily skin is all about balance, purifying any toxins and debris, while also clarifying and detoxing to reduce and prevent breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, and any other acne or blemishes. Salicylic acid—a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) is the go-to ingredient in most oily skincare products for its antibacterial, acne-fighting properties. It can be a little drying if not balanced with hydrators, so hyaluronic acid is good for oily skin as this replenishes any lost moisture, and strengthens and plumps the skin’s barrier. Add this in a serum or moisturizer for a soothing, quenching effect. Charcoal and kaolin clay make for a great skin detox, purifying and exfoliating, while niacinamide is an essential for cleaning out and shrinking the appearance of pores, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
For your oily skincare routine, starting and ending your day with a good oil-controlling cleanse to remove any excess dirt, toxins, pollution, or free radical buildup that can lead to acne is essential, as is following up with a smoothing, balancing serum and oil-free moisturizer. Suncare is vital for every skin type and tone, so look to oil-free, physical sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these offer robust sun protection without blocking pores or causing breakouts.