What Ingredients are Best for Oily Skin?

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Best Ingredients for Oily SkinTaking care of oily skin is not an easy task.  Although oily skin is largely hereditary, there are things that you can do to help alleviate it.  One of these things is to be watchful of the ingredients that are in the products you use on your face.  However, it’s hard to find just the right ones that won’t aggravate or dry it out. Here are some ingredients that you should look for in your skin care products that will help control your oily skin.

First, look for the term ‘non-comedogenic’ on your skin care and cosmetic labels.  The term non-comedogenic means that a product has been specially tested and proven to not clog pores.  This is essential to caring for your oily skin because keeping your pores free from clog is at the forefront of keeping your skin clear.

Next, be sure you are using a cleanser containing salicylic acid, which helps to soak up oil and clean pores.   It also helps to neutralize any bacteria that may be trapped in those pores.  Salicylic acid is derived from willow bark and your cleanser or toner shouldn’t contain more than two percent salicylic acid, or it could irritate.  We recommend Ain’t Misbehavin' Acne Cleanser and Acne Control Serum for acne-prone skin.  Note that if you are allergic to salicylates, found in aspirin, you shouldn’t use a product containing willow bark or salicylic acid.

Another great ingredient to look for is sulfur.  It’s a natural and effective oil absorber and using something like a sulfur mask regularly will help pull out oil and sebum that may be trapped in your pores.  For oily skin, sulfur is also an amazing antibacterial agent.  Try our Ain't Misbehavin' intensive skin-correcting sulfur acne mask!

When it comes to makeup, try using a concealer or a spot treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide destroys bacteria while also helping skin cell sloughing, or turnover.  It literally helps ‘peel away’ the cells on and around your blemish, helping it to disappear sooner.  It’s effective for both blemish treatment as well as blemish prevention.  Many brands of makeup for oily skin contain benzoyl peroxide, so be sure to read the ingredient lists on the backs of products.

You may be surprised to see silicone inside your products but just know that it isn’t harmful and is a mineral that helps keep your makeup from melting into your pores.  It acts as a sealant, keeping makeup and dirt from making their way into your pores.  This is vital for someone with oily skin, especially during warmer months.  Silica is also important to oily skin.  Like clay, silica is a mineral that helps absorb oil and helps makeup to stay on longer.

With gentle treatment and the right skin care and makeup ingredients, you can effectively manage your oily skin.  Pay close attention to labels and make sure that you’re practicing a skin care routine in the morning and at night.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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