Shiny skin, large pores and spots are just a few characteristics of oily skin. While it may seem like oily skin is something you’d see in your teenage years, all ages can experience oiliness. The key to managing an oily complexion is to establish a good skincare routine. Cleansing is an essential part of any skincare routine and if you’re unsure where to start, here are a few tips on how to effectively cleanse oily skin.

Avoid using a harsh cleanser

Choosing the wrong cleanser for your skin type will do more harm than good. Instead of opting for a cleanser that will strip your skin of its natural oils like an alcohol based or foaming formulation, choose a gentle cleanser – an alcohol-free formula or one tailored towards sensitive skin will be effective. Ideally, you want a cleanser that will help to balance your skin so it won’t produce as much excess oil.

Use a gentle exfoliant

Removing dead skin cells from the skin will help to prevent spots. Blemishes occur due to oil, grime and dead skin cells blocking pores. By eliminating these elements from the surface of the skin, you’ll reduce the likelihood of spots occurring. Effective exfoliation can occur via a chemical exfoliator, such as glycolic acid. A glycolic acid liquid exfoliator or glycolic acid wipes will brighten, smooth and clear your skin.

Try double cleansing

Double cleansing as part of your evening skincare routine is very effective in removing your makeup and any excess oil. First, use a balm or oil to eliminate makeup or grime from your complexion. Using oils on oily skin won’t make your skin produce excess amounts of oil, in fact, it can help to balance the skin. Follow up with a gel or cream cleanser to remove any traces of oil from your skin.

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