So you wake up in the morning feeling as fresh as a new pair of Brian Atwood's 6’’heels. After completing your daily routine, you work out your professional make-up skills (that you finally mastered thanks to u-tube), you get your glam going and there you go heading off to the daily hassles and tassels of life.
Sadly the make-up doesn’t last till midnight, and you have to go about your day battling with a shiny face using an endless array of blotting sheets. Well my friend, you are among the many oily skin victims out there.
On a positive note though, having an oily skin is beneficial as the skin tends to age slowly and stays hydrated. On the downside, oily skin is susceptible to blackheads and is acne prone.
Oily skin (seborrhea) is a condition that affects both men and women. Here, the skin appears shiny due to the excessive oil produced by the sebaceous glands found beneath the skin. Oily skin is caused by many factors; hormones, genetics, poor product choice for skin, certain medications, and lifestyle. There are two types of skin conditions. There are those who exhibit excessive oily skin, and there are those with a combination skin (oily only at the t-zones). Understanding your skin is the first step to getting the right products.
Similar to other skin types, an oily skin requires a skin care routine in which you wash your face at least twice a day, use a proper/gentle cleanser, use an oil-free moisturizer, and regular exfoliation.
Most people grapple with the issue of cutting down on that unpleasant shine while at the same time eliminating acne or blackheads.
Some of the common practices of dealing with the issue include sticking to a daily skin care routine, developing a healthy lifestyle that includes proper dieting, as well as purchasing products that contain effective acne treatment ingredients.
Overall, it is important for you to pay attention to your skin and take the time to discover what works for you.
Best top 10 brands
When shopping for a face wash for oily and acne prone skin, look for products with key ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid. Products with these ingredients can easily penetrate the pores and remove all the acne/blackhead causing substances, such as dead skin cells, the excess oil and bacteria.
Here is a list of the top ten best face wash for oily skin, along with their prices.
- Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel ($25)
- The Body Sea Weed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash.($15)
- Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel for Face and Body($20)
- Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil ($32)
- Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash with Pink Grapefruit facial Cleanser ($8.49)
- Oil Of Olay Foaming Face Wash ($17.44)
- Cetaphil Face Wash ($14.99)
- Garnier Pure Active Neem and Tulsi Foaming Face Wash ($7.99)
- Clean & Clear Morning Burst Shine Control Cleanser ($5.47)
- Bioré Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser ($7.99)
Oily skin is thick. Therefore, it can tolerate a strong, oil controlling liquid cleanser specifically formulated for oily skin. Products such as the Neutrogena Oil-Free acne wash cleanser contain salicylic acid. This acid helps to treat blemishes and prevent acne break-out. However, if you prefer bar cleansers, you can opt for the Neutrogena Oily Skin Formula Facial Cleansing Bar. If you have sensitive skin, you can try Cetaphil. If not, you can go for Almay cleanser which is labelled hypoallergenic, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
Cleanse it correctly
The efficacy of the product also depends on your cleansing procedure. Here are the correct steps to wash your face:
- Place a considerate amount of the liquid, lotion, or gel cleanser (about a teaspoon size) on your palm.
- Gently massage the product into your skin using your fingers.
- Rinse your face with warm water to remove all the cleanser, or wipe off the cleanser using a soft, moist washcloth.
- If you opt for a bar cleanser, hold it under water or wet the cleanser to for a lather. Gently massage the lather onto your face in circular motion for about 30 seconds.
- Rinse well and pat dry (never rub).
Oil-control face wash: soap versus gel debate
The truth is that there are vast arrays of products in the market promising to get rid of your blemishes and giving you that baby soft skin that not even your mother has ever seen. To some, the use of soap cleansers may lead to over-drying thereby making the skin worse. However, there are those who can swear that they have benefitted from some good soaps for oily, acne prone skin.
True, there are great soap products out there such as the Olay cleansing bar, and Neutrogena face wash soap. There is also the body shop aloe calming facial cleanser.
As a rule of thumb, avoid lava soap, or any other soap with harsh chemicals. Second, if you feel like your face has tightened five to 10 minutes after drying your face (remember to pat-dry), then the product may be over-drying your face.
If you experience greyness or scaliness after using the soap, then it is likely that the soap contains strong chemicals such as alcohol or acetone. Also, if your skin gets irritated or you experience redness, then you should forgo the product.
Products with fragrances, herbal essence, or floral ingredients may fail to deal with the acne or blackheads and can also lead to an irritation.
Top 9 brands for men
The oily affair is not unique to women; men also have their share of the oily face experience. The good news is that there are great products out there for men to try out.
Here is our list of the products with high reviews:
- Dermatologica pre-cleanse ($42)
- Aramis Lab Series for Men oil control face wash ($42)
- Clinique for men oil control face wash ($17.50)
- RSVP Skin Care for Men Dragon’s Blood Foaming Cleanser ($17)
- Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face wash ($5.99)
- Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser ($13)
- Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing face wash ($22)
- Brickell Clarifying Gel Face Wash for men ($25)
- Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser ($28)
If you seek to avoid purchasing products al together and you are more interested in the DIY techniques, then you can try natural face wash alternatives for oily skin. You try a mixture of baking soda, organic honey, and turmeric (optional). Honey has antibacterial properties making it ideal for acne-prone skin. The anti-inflammatory characteristics of honey eliminates the bacteria causing acne. Also, the baking soda has neutralizing properties that are beneficial for oily, acne prone skin.
Remember, these things take time. Good luck!