Top 5 dos and don’ts for oily, acne-prone skin

Dewy and glowing skin is all anyone can talk about when it comes to beauty and skincare. However, if your skin regularly sparkles and shines in an unflattering way, you may have oily skin.

According to the Fundamentals Skincare team, experts classify oily skin as a result of excessive sebum production. Sebum is a natural oil that protects skin and hair.

“Everyone’s skin produces sebum, but oily skin tends to produce more of it, resulting in an oily look.”

Skin care for oily skin

The experts also advise to be extremely careful when creating a skincare routine for oily skin, as one misstep can leave your skin even oilier. The excess oil could potentially cause acne breakouts, which in turn can leave dark spots and scars.

“Breakouts and acne are often associated with oily skin. Even most anti-acne products on the market are geared towards the oily skin type. So when treating your oily skin for pimples and acne, it’s important to keep the following points in mind,” commented Natasha Davel, Brand Manager at Fundamentals Skincare, before sharing some skincare tips for those with oily skin.

1. Don’t skimp on moisturizers.

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Most people might want to stop using moisturizers for fear they’ll make skin shinier, but Davel advises going with a light, “day-to-night” product.

2 Use a niacinamide serum.

“Niacinamide is a great ingredient for oily, acne-prone skin because it moisturizes, reduces post-acne dark spots, and helps reduce pimples.”

There is a noticeable trend to use this ingredient in more skin care products.

3. Use a glycolic acid or salicylic acid toner or tonic in the evening.

According to Davel, these work to keep your pores clear, balance oil levels, and prevent future breakouts.

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4. Do not use comedogenic ingredients.

This includes ingredients such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, silicones, alcohol, and other oil-based products containing mineral oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.

Davel and the team at Fundamentals Skincare state that the above ingredients are all likely to clog pores or cause irritation in people with oily skin.

5. Be sure to use ingredients like green tea, niacinamide, L-carnitine, licochalcone A, aloe vera, honey, oatmeal

In general, water-based products are fine to use.

“You may also want to consider including ingredients like retinol in your regimen to reduce inflammation in the follicles and azelaic acid to reduce build-up in the pores.”

Also, look out for the word “non-comedogenic” on product packaging, which just means it won’t clog pores.

“Your skin is not shy. It will tell you what works or doesn’t work,” concluded Davel, who also advised those struggling to deal with oily, acne-prone skin to see their dermatologist for professional help.

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Compiled by Kaunda Selisho

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