Best Skincare Ingredients for Oily Skin

Monday, 22 February 2016

Deciphering the ingredients lists on skincare products can seem impossible. While some words look familiar, they have 600 suffixes and added parentheses that may or may not change the familiar ingredient entirely. But there are a few tricks you can learn to help wade through these paragraph long lists and find the few stand out ingredients that are best for your skin. Today, we'll tackle the best ingredients for oily skin.
Salicylic Acid
One of the most common active ingredient in over-the-counter acne treatments, salicylic acid is fantastic for getting rid of those pesky blackheads you might get on your forehead, nose, and/or chin. Also known as BHA (beta hydroxy acid), salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant that removes dead skin cells from within the pore and on the surface of your skin. It also resurfaces the skin to help prevent redness.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Another highly common active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide is what's going to bleach your clothing and towels if you don't rinse your face and body properly. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial that penetrates the pore and kills the bacteria causing your acne. Like salicylic acid, it can also be used to reduce redness and inflammation.

Glycolic or Lactic Acid
Both of these ingredients are from the AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) family and work similarly to salicylic acid. These are chemical exfoliants that eat away at dead skin cells on the surface of your skin but they also help to reduce dark spots and wrinkles. They also work as humectants to attract more hydration to your skin throughout the day. If you have to choose between the two, go with glycolic acid for sun damaged skin and lactic acid for sensitive skin.

Rosehip Oil
A lot of oily skinned people dislike the feeling of adding even more moisture and oil to the skin but oily skin is just overcompensating for its dehydration by creating more oil. Packing the skin with hydration on a regular basis will actually reduce the amount of oil your skin produces as it becomes less dehydrated. Rosehip oil is a great choice for adding hydration because it also works to reduce wrinkles and hyper pigmentation or scarring, possibly caused by healing breakouts.

So, now you have a few ingredients to keep your eyes out for in your skincare products. Are there any other ingredients you're curious about or want to recommend? Please leave them in a comment!

xx Julia

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