It’s infuriating when you try what seems like everything you can to stop breakouts from ruining your clear complexion, which can drive some people to buy increasingly intense cleansers hoping to scrub away the bacteria that cause acne. However, skin experts agree that the best approach is often a balanced one, which is why you should consider switching to a cleansing oil for oily skin.
What is Cleansing Oil?
Cleansing oil is what it sounds like: an oil-based product that cleanses your skin. We know it sounds counter-intuitive, washing your oily face with more oil, but our Silk Radiance 3-in-1 Cleansing Oil is perfect for oily skin for a few key reasons. First, a cleansing oil can be infused with essential oils that dissolve the debris and dirt that accumulate during the day, so it’s not just adding more oil to your skin. Second, our formula does include water, just not as much as your usual, stringent cleansers out there.
Finally, cleansing oil moisturizes your skin so it doesn’t need to produce more of its own oil that can lead to breakouts.
How to Cleanse Oily or Blemish-Prone Skin
Our Silk Radiance 3-in-1 Cleansing Oil can be used as often as you want, and some people choose to alternate between their old cleanser and this one to feel the difference. Our 3-in-1 formula goes on like a gel, becoming an aromatic, lightweight oil as you gently rub it into your skin, then foams lightly to become a luxurious milky cleanser. For people with truly oily and acne-prone skin, we recommend following with an activating toner to dissolve any unhelpful oils that could clog pores even after you’ve cleansed thoroughly.
Common Oil Cleanser Myths
Cleansing Oil Causes Breakouts
When used properly and when formulated correctly, essential oil-based cleansers are great at helping rid the skin of the dirt, oil, and bacteria that cause acne. Oil itself does not cause breakouts, although it can promote the clogging of pores with debris and bacteria, which is why people with oily skin often experience common breakouts.
You Should Strive For “Squeaky Clean”
Some products (including cheap bar soaps) strip all the oil and moisture from the surface of your skin, leaving it feeling (and maybe even sounding) squeaky clean. This is actually an indication that you’ve cleansed too much, and your skin will react by increasing oil production or, for sensitive skin types, irritation and redness. Being more gentle and balanced with your approach, for instance by using a cleansing oil, can often result in better looking and feeling skin.
Oily Skin Needs Intense Cleansing
All skin types are united in the sense that a good skincare routine should use high-quality formulas, everything from your makeup to your cleanser. Oily skin can benefit from an array of products when they aren’t so intense that they’ll strip away the “good” oils that help keep your skin moisturized.
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