Oily skin is easy to spot and symptoms include enlarged pores, blackheads and unwanted shine. A face wash for oily skin can go a long way to removing sebum, and the right ingredients can help maintain a sense of balance, minimize blemishes and help keep skin looking and feeling its best.
A single face wash for oily skin can make a significant difference. Simply washing away excess oil has far-reaching benefits, including reducing shine and minimizing clogged pores. Fortunately, product labels make it easy to identify cleansers for oily skin, but it's important to choose a gentle formula that doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped. There are also other ingredients to look for in a face wash for oily skin that provide the hydration, exfoliation and barrier replenishment that this skin type needs.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN CLEANSERS FOR OILY SKIN
Soft, gentle formula
Hyaluronic acid for extra moisture
Ceramides help maintain and replenish the skin barrier
Niacinamide for soothing effects
If you suffer from acne, benzoyl peroxide can help minimize acne breakouts
Non-comedogenic formula developed with dermatologists
A closer look at oily skin
Oily skin is characterized by excess sebum that the skin naturally produces. Although sebum has the benefit of hydrating the skin (and people with oily skin often have fewer wrinkles), too much of this oil can lead to enlarged pores, blackheads, breakouts, and unwanted shine. Oily skin types may experience changes in sebum production in tandem with hormonal fluctuations, stress and humidity.1
An ideal face wash for oily skin
Most people with oily skin prefer foaming cleansers that leave skin feeling fresh and clean—and cleansers for oily skin come in several textures, including gels and creams. Cleansers for this skin type are formulated to effectively remove excess oil, dirt and make-up, but the ideal face wash for oily skin does it all without leaving skin feeling stripped, uncomfortable or tight. It is important to remember that lotions for oily skin should be used in the morning and evening, as well as after sweating. Although many people with oily skin believe that washing more often can help reduce excess sebum, over-washing can actually cause the skin to produce more oil.2
Ingredients to look for
Aside from the mild, gentle formula, there are several other beneficial ingredients to look for in a face wash for oily skin.
Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that the body produces naturally. Hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the skin, is responsible for the fullness and volume of the skin. This ingredient can attract and retain moisture, making it an excellent non-comedogenic moisturizer for oily skin. Hyaluronic acid creates a layer of hydration on the skin that increases its feeling of softness and smoothness, and also helps to firm, soothe and plump the skin without clogging pores.
Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide plays an important role in soothing and helping to restore the skin barrier, which can help balance moisture levels. This vitamin is also known to help reduce the visible effects of environmental damage, leaving skin looking healthier and more radiant, and can be found in our Face Fresh Cleanser Face Wash.
Salicylic Acid: A beta-hydroxy acid that helps gently exfoliate the skin, salicylic acid is a beneficial ingredient when included in a face wash for oily skin. Salicylic Acid, found in our Refreshing Facial Cleanser, helps exfoliate skin by loosening the 'glue' that holds skin cells together and encouraging them to exfoliate, helping to reveal fresh, healthy-looking skin. This light exfoliation can also help prevent pores from clogging with excess oil and dead skin cells, minimizing blackheads and acne.
Benzoyl peroxide: Oily skin can be more prone to acne, and a face wash for oily skin that contains benzoyl peroxide can help clear existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. This ingredient also helps promote the exfoliation of dead skin cells that contribute to clogged pores and can be found in our Face Fresh Cleanser Cream
Ceramides: Ceramides are lipids that act as "mortar" between the cellular "bricks" of the skin to strengthen the skin barrier and help the skin retain moisture. Ceramides also help protect the skin from environmental aggressors such as irritants and pollution. Without the correct ratio of ceramides, the skin barrier can be disrupted, leading to dryness, itching and irritation. A facial soap for oily skin that contains ceramides to help minimize barrier disruption from cleansing and all CeraVe products contain this ingredient to help replenish the skin barrier.