The goal is to balance…not dry
Oily skin needs to be treated with care. You don’t want to strip the skin of its natural oils. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. “Using drying masks and cleansers will cause the skin to overproduce oil, making the situation worse in the long term,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City. The reason: Eliminating natural oils actually sends mixed signals to your sebaceous glands, causing them to pump out extra oil, which can even cause or worsen breakouts. These myths about oily skin could be ruining your complexion.
Cleanser is your skin’s BFF
“Cleansing twice a day is ideal, using a gentle cloth, a brush with soft bristles or clean fingers,” says Edelyn Collado, head facialist at The Ritualist. “Gel formulas (sans alcohol and drying ingredients) are excellent for oily skin, as they eliminate unnecessary oils, prevent bacteria, and cleanse deeply.” Bar soaps are another great option. Look for ingredients such as activated charcoal and clay, which will draw out impurities. Try: Soapwalla Activated Charcoal & Petitgrain Soap Bar or Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap.