To craft the perfect skincare routine is probably more taxing than getting a cohesive Instagram feed. It takes time and effort to build an army of products that work for your skin type and not against it. For those who have oily skin, lathering certain products on (even though it may work for your friend) isn’t going to get you the results that you want. The trick is to know the right ingredients within the products to keep the oil levels and possible acne at bay.

1. Alcohol-based products

Alcohol-based products dehydrate the skin. Although products like toners can help to get rid of the excess oil from your skin, it can actually have an adverse effect. Sometime it can strip the top layer of the skin which can lead to irritation.

2. Oils

It’s natural to think that oil works on oil, but in reality it can do more harm than good. Oil consists of Oleic acid, which is a fatty acid. Build up of this oil can sit heavy on your skin that can lead to breakouts. Which means, stay away from coconut oil, sunflower oil and other oils.

3. Greasy ointments

Did you know that the hair product you use, can affect your skin? Thick and creamy hair pomades can cause acne—especially if you have bangs or a fringe or any style in which your hair touches your skin. These products block the pores, irritate the skin and can lead to pimples.

4. Beeswax

Moisturisers are a necessity for every skin type. But when it comes to oily skin, make sure to stay away from ingredients like beeswax that’s an occlusive. Occlusives stop hydration due to their heavy and greasy texture. This can form a second layer on top of your own, leading to acne and pimples.

Now that you know what not to use, here’s what you should use:

  • Organic cleansers
  • Aloe vera
  • Grape seed
  • Latic acid
  • Glycolic acid

Do you have oily skin? What products work best for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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