Help Me Choose:
Natural Products For Oily Skin and Acne
What is it?
Oily skin is the result of excessive secretions of sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin and may be prone to black heads and acne.
Acne, a condition that affects the skin’s oil glands, begins with a clogged pore. As old skin cells die, they are normally sloughed off every month. If your skin is acne prone, instead of sloughing off, the dead cell clog pores, trapping oil and bacteria inside. As the bacteria grow they can cause inflammation of the skin, leading to pimples.
Soaps with Citrus Oils have been traditionally recommended for oily skin. They work by balancing skin oils, not by drying out your skin.
For a more extensive list of soaps for oily skin please read, Help Me Choose Soap.
Oily skin usually appears shiny and is characterized by a thicker feeling texture and large pores.
People with oily skin struggle with keeping shine down during the day and often want feel to wash their face often.
Many people think that acne is simply pimples. But acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of the condition:
- Whiteheads: closed plugged pores or closed comedones
- Blackheads: open plugged pores or open comedones (the oil turns dark when it is exposed to air)
- Papules: small red, tender bumps
- Pustules: these are what most people call pimples. They are papules with pus at their tips
- Nodules: large, solid and hard, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin
- Cystic Lesions: similar to nodules but they are softer and pus-filled (both nodules & cystic lesions can leave scars)
Treating Oily Skin & Acne
Cleanse With Natural Soap
If your skin is oily, do not use soap that will dry out your skin. Use natural soap, especially those with citrus essential oils like Cucumber Lime, that helps balance skin oils and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. We also recommend our Neem & Tea Tree and Seabuckthorn & Tea Tree Soaps. Tea tree helps heal infections and inflammation, and fights acne without causing dryness or other side effects of modern day acne treatments
Commercial soaps and body washes contain harsh detergents, fragrance oils and other synthetic chemicals that can dry and irritate skin. Always clean skin gently. Rough scrubbing will not decrease oil production and may even make the problem worse.
While many folks with oily or acne prone skin tend to shy away from moisturizing, it is actually a very important step. Even though our skin produces natural oil, it is not the same as hydration. A moisturizer helps increase the water content in the skin and prevent further moisture loss. When oily skin is dry, it can trigger even more oil production, thereby exacerbates the problem. But a moisturizer that slows the evaporation of moisture, actually causes sebum producing cells to shut down.
The main thing is to make sure that you’re using the right kind of moisturizer. Stay away from petroleum based products that contain mineral oils which clog your pores and cause breakouts.
The best face creams or oil are those made with plant-based oils. Oils like argan (left) can actually help decrease sebum production.
To get the most out of a moisturizer, make sure that skin is exfoliated and clean.
Choose Natural Moisturizers
Pure, unrefined botanical oils are loaded with natural fatty acids that work with your skin to soften, soothe and hydrate. For example, we use Jojoba Oil in all of facial oils because it mimics our own natural sebum, restores pH balance to the skin and helps dissolve pore clogging sebum which helps reduce acne breakouts.
To encourage healthy skin turnover and growth, use gentle exfoliants. Exfoliating sloughs away dead skin cells, unclogs pores and removes the extra buildup that comes with oily skin. It is important to choose a gentle scrub that doesn’t dry out or aggravate the skin. We recommend a product like Citrus Woods Green Tea Soap, the finely ground organic Green Tea leaves act as a gentle exfoliant to give skin a healthy glow.
If you are prone to mild acne. Although steaming alone will not clear comedones (pore blockages) the moisturizing heat will increase circulation, open pores and make your facial skin sweat. A facial steam before cleansing softens and helps release dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and other impurities that can cause breakouts.
While there is no research about the effectiveness of salt water as remedy for acne, it may be helpful for those with body acne. Salt baths help balance oily skin, hep open and clean pores and may help decrease bacterial that cause acne.
Salt water will sting on any open area. Be sure the salt water is completely rinsed off.
Things to Avoid
Harsh Soap Cleansing Products
The detergents used in many commercial soaps and acne cleansing products contain harsh detergents. These harsh detergents strip natural oils which dry out the skin. When oily skin is dry, it can trigger even more oil production, which exacerbates the problem.
Alcohol Based or Skin Drying Products
Many believe that drying out their oily skin will help decrease acne. However, oily skin is actually made worse by skin-drying or alcohol-based products, and harsh soaps or body washes. The chemicals in these products strip natural oils and dry out the skin, which then encourages the oil glands to produce more oil (sebum). It then becomes a vicious cycle.
Comedogenic ingredients, such as mineral oil and other petroleum based ingredients, block pores and can lead to or exacerbate acne.
Do not try to pop pimples. Not only will it not help the acne heal, it may actually spread the breakout underneath the skin.
Harsh Laundry Detergents
Pillow cases, sheets, and towels touch your skin every day. Avoid using strong, scented detergents to help reduce irritation and sensitivity. You should also change towels and pillowcases often to help avoid the spread of acne bacteria.
Customer Tips for Natural Products For Oily Skin and Acne
Rhassoul & Yoghurt soap
The essential oil blend has a warm, spicy, sweet and uniquely fragrant aroma and adds its own skin nourishing properties
"The Rhassoul & Yoghurt soap is great for my pre-teen daughter’s oily skin."
Neem & Tea Tree
Tea tree helps heal infections and skin disorders and fights acne without causing dryness or other side affects of modern day acne treatments
"...I cannot say enough good things about the Neem and Tea Tree bar. I love it as a complexion soap, it totally helps with clearing blackheads and cystic acne..."
Sea Salt & Seaweed
The minerals in sea water, also found in mineral-rich sea salt, promote healthy skin
"... I have suffered with oily/cystic acne/pores type skin. After a few washes with this soap my pores alone have shrunken DRAMATICALLY!!..."
Adzuki Bean Complexion
For my extremely dry yet acne prone skin I seem to have settled on the organic Adzuki bean soap which is like a miracle in a bar!!!
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