While it can be difficult to determine combination or dry skin, oily skin is pretty obvious to those who have it because it’s pretty easy to see, and feel, the oil that is produced by your pores. Those with oily skin often experience:
- Dull complexion
- Shiny complexion
- Enlarged pores
- Blackheads or other blemishes
However, what is not always obvious is how best to treat the excess oil production. Using the strongest, harshest products you can find will only result in further damage (and more oil), so you want to be sure you select products that really are targeted for the oily skin concerns you have. Luckily, Vine Vera has you covered. We investigated what skin care ingredients provide the most benefits for those with oily skin and the top three are listed below.
Hyaluronic acid truly is a skincare superstar. If you checked out our last post, we discussed how hyaluronic acid is one of the most beneficial ingredients in caring for dry skin. So it would seem a bit odd to have the same ingredient listed for oily skin, but there’s a reason this skincare ingredient comes with hype. Because hyaluronic acid moisturizers in a different way, and without the heaviness, than traditional moisturizers. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the skin and holds it there for long periods of time and it is important to make sure that you hydrate oily skin because other products you use for oily skin may take away some moisture.
Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid that aids skin in exfoliation. If you have oily skin, exfoliation is super important because oily skin tends to have a thick layer of dead skin cells and thick pore lining. Regular exfoliation removes these dead skin cells and other debris from your face and unclogs your pores. The reason that salicylic acid is the best exfoliant for oily skin types is that it works not only on the surface of your skin, but also deep down into your pores helping to remove any impurities. It is important to note that while regular exfoliation is a crucial part of skincare for oily skin, it is not a good idea to use a harsh scrub frequently. Doing so results in damage to your skin and over-drying of your skin, which leads to an increase in oil production to make up for the moisture loss. A gentle, BHA exfoliant in gel or liquid form is a great way to exfoliate your pores daily (or as often as you prefer) without being too harsh on the skin. If you’re new to using chemical exfoliants or salicylic acid, start slowly to avoid irritation.
Also known as B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a cell-communicating ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen and improves the skin’s barrier function. However, the reason that niacinamide is beneficial to those with oily skin is that recent studies suggest that niacinamide is that it actually absorbs sebum. When your skin is oily it produces more sebum, or oil, than necessary and the result is a shiny, oily face. Using a skin care product that contains niacinamide may help absorb excess sebum keeping your face a bit more matte.
In addition to being on the lookout for these three ingredients, it’s a good idea to stay away from products with oil or heavy moisturizers like petroleum. Generally, products that are good for oily skin will include an “oil free” claim somewhere on the product or the packaging. Remember to cleanse, tone (if you use a toner), exfoliate and moisturize oily skin. It can be tempting to skip a moisturizer, but once you find one with the right ingredients, you’ll love how great your skin looks. A regular cleansing routine that incorporates key products will leave you with healthier, smoother looking skin.