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The Best Skincare for Oily Skin

The Best Skincare for Oily Skin

If you have naturally oily skin, it can sometimes feel like you drew the short straw. You might be prone to breakouts or have an oily sheen on your face, making it look shiny in certain types of lighting, especially in evening photos. Luckily, we’re here to help with our ‘how to get rid of oily skin’ guide! In this post, we clear up some of the confusion around the best skin care routine for oily skin. There’s no reason why your complexion can’t be balanced and glowing, even if it tends to produce a little extra oil from time to time.  

What is oily skin?

Oily skin is perfectly natural. In fact, it’s necessary. If your skin didn’t naturally produce oils, then it would crack, leading to painful sores and infection. Dry skin is associated with a range of painful conditions, including eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. 

Sebaceous glands in the skin produce a compound called sebum. Ideally, the body should only produce enough of this compound to keep the skin healthy. However, some people produce an excess of sebum that can leave their skin looking shiny. 

What causes oily skin? 

The causes of skin oiliness fall into three broad categories: genetics, ageing and environmental factors. 

  • Genetics: some people have naturally oily skin from a young age because of highly active sebaceous glands inherited from their parents.  
  • Age: Sebum production tends to increase during puberty and the teenage years, causing breakouts and acne, before dialing back a little in adult life. 
  • Environment: There are a host of environmental factors that contribute to your skin’s oiliness. These include using the wrong skincare products, and, ironically, skipping on moisturisers. 

How to get rid of oily skin 

If you have oily skin, don’t panic! You can do plenty of things to help control it. Here’s a rundown of the best products for oily skin that you should consider using. 

Choose a face wash for oily skin 

 

Cleansing Gel

The purpose of face washes is to help unclog pores, remove excess oils and help prevent breakouts.   

Our Clear Skin Kombucha Citrus Cleansing Gel does this and more, making it a strong contender for the title of best cleanser for oily skin. Suitable for use both morning and night, with the help of purifying Willow Bark and cleansing Aloe Vera Polysaccharides, this face wash for oily skin clears away excess oil and dry, dull surface skin cells.  

Find an oily skin toner

While cleansers clean the skin, toners help to balance its pH (or acidity level). Cleansing can alter the skin’s pH and make it more challenging to nourish with creams and serums afterwards. Toners correct any pH imbalance, priming the skin to maximise the benefits of applying a nourishing oily skin moisturiser and other treatments. 
 
If you have oily skin, look for toners with natural ingredients like pore-purifying willow bark and aloe vera polysaccharides to hydrate skin without using oil. Our Clear Skin Willow Bark Pure Pore Toner also contains argan stem cells and kombucha probiotics to soothe and purify oily skin. 

Use an oily skin moisturiser 

Moisturiser for Oily Skin

The idea that moisturisers contribute to oily skin and breakouts isn’t accurate. In fact, if you are using skin-drying ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, products that rehydrate the skin are essential. 
 
Finding the best moisturiser for oily skin, though, can be tricky. If you’re confused about what to buy, look for products that say they are non-comedogenic or oil-free, like ourClear Skin Acai + Kombucha Oil Free Moisturiser. This oily skin moisturiser balances and nourishes with argan stem cells, acai berry, and kombucha probiotics, while aloe vera polysaccharides hydrate and soothe without adding excess oil to the skin. 

Apply a targeted oily skin treatment

The last step is to choose suitable oily skin treatment geared towards helping oily and blemish prone skin. 
 
Give ourClear Skin Willow Bark Pure Pore Serum a goIt helps to absorb excess oilpurify your pores and curb bacteria. Or, if your oily skin is leading to blemishes, try ourClear Skin Blemish Vanishing Gel, which uses a blend of willow bark, salicylic acids and camphor extracts to calm and combat blemishes. 

Having oilier skin isn’t something to fret overIn fact, it can help to keep a host of other dryness-related skin concerns at bay. By following our tips on how to get rid of oily skin and adapting your skincare routine to include the best cleanser, toner and moisturiser for oily skin, you’ll be well on the way to a balanced and naturally glowing complexion. 

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first.

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