4 Things Dermatologists Say Make Oily Skin Oilier

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JHere are a few different culprits that could be responsible for your oily skin, and many of them are beyond your control, such as genetics, stress, hormones, and the environment. But while you can’t change your DNA or dictate the humidity and pollution levels where you live, according to New York-based board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, there are a few things you can do to keep your oily skin from getting even oilier (and potentially breaking out), and it all depends on the products you use on your complexion.

Dealing with this type of complexion is a delicate balancing act. According to Loretta Ciraldo, MD FAAD, Miami-based board-certified dermatologist and founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare, using the wrong ingredients can lead to disruption of the hydrolipid barrier (aka the acid mantle), which will ultimately make your skin oilier. On the one hand, you want to be careful with any products that will add After oil in your skin, but on the other hand you also want to avoid anything that is excessively dry because if you shift your skin it will start producing extra oils on its own to account for the difference. All of this makes you more susceptible to breakouts, and your oily skin can become acne-prone very quickly.

In order to keep things in a regulated (or “fat-free”) state, Dr. Ciraldo notes that you want to ditch all products that encourage oil production and instead swap in formulations that create a “healthy balance of good lipids.” and skin oils” on your acid mantle – like gentle exfoliating acids (lactic, glycolic), non-stripping acne-fighting ingredients (sulfur, salicylic acid), and ceramide-rich moisturizers.

Below are four ingredients to avoid.

1. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient most commonly used to treat acne and rashes due to its drying properties. But, Dr. Ciraldo says those with oily skin should avoid using the ingredient as it can cause “our skin to overcompensate for the drying side effects of the ingredient.” The result? “Overproducing oils that aren’t healthy for the skin,” she explains.

2. Argan oil

If you love the feeling of lathering your hair with hair oil, we’ve got you covered. But, if you have oily skin, Dr. Ciraldo says you should avoid using hair care products that have argan oil on their ingredient lists. “Many of my patients have given up on argan hair care,” says Dr. Ciraldo. And while argan oil is great for repairing strands of hair, Dr. Ciraldo explains that the combination of sulfates and argan oil found in these hair products can clog pores, make skin oilier and cause skin rashes.

3. Stops

According to Dr. Nazarian, occlusive products such as petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin “can aggravate oily skin by interfering with the skin’s ability to communicate with the environment and regulate itself properly.” Especially in the warmer months, it’s crucial to use lightweight products that allow the skin to breathe through the heat and humidity.

4. Alcohol

Some toners and cleansers contain alcohol which, according to Dr. Nazarian, “can strip the skin’s natural moisture.” If you have naturally oily skin, opt for alcohol-free products to help your skin regulate oil production.

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