Best Cleansers For Oily Skin & Acne Skin

Best Cleansers For Oily Skin & Acne Skin

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The Best cleansers for oily skin and acne should contain at least some of these ingredients. .  Watch our latest video below, or read on!

First, results will VARY.  Everyone’s skin is a little bit different.  The pH is slightly different, the amount of oil that’s produced is different, as well as sensitivities, and the physiological age of your skin.

Physiological AGE??

What I mean by physiological age is, let’s say you are 35 years old.  You’ve been laying out in the Sun since you were a teenager, maybe you smoke, or don’t take care of yourself.  Your skin may appear to be 10 years OLDER or more!  You may be 35, but your skin is more like 45 or 50!

All of these differences must be taken into consideration when treating your skin and seeing results.

Some of the products I talk about today may not be right for YOUR skin, but these recommendations are based on overall results from an array of skin types based on the thousands of clients I have treated.

What is the Best Skin Cleanser for ACNE:

1. pH of the Cleanser-**Remember if you are using AHAs and BHA for exfoliation- the pH is important so that you do NOT neturalize the acids with an Alkaline pH product.

You DON’T want to use anything that strips the Acid Mantle, otherwise your skin may then OVER-produce oil to compensate.

2. Controls Acne-Causing Bacteria

You DO want something that lowers the pH keeping your skin slightly acidic (which is the Acid Mantle).  Look for ingredients that will kill the bacteria, such as:

– Salicylic Acid
– Glycolic Acid
– Benzoyl Peroxide

3. Increases Skin-Cell Turnover Rate

When the skin-cell turnover rate is increased, it DECREASES the amount of clogged pores and breakouts.  Look for:

– Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Lactic Acid.

4. Reduces Redness & Inflammation

Look for these ingredients that will help reduce the redness and inflammation caused by Acne:

– Arnica
– Beta-glucan
– Calendula
– Chamomile

There are MANY more anti-inflammatory ingredients, but these are the LEAST likely to break you out!

When you’re looking at the ingredients list on your skincare products, you want those IMPORTANT ingredients on the TOP THIRD of the list.   If they are in the middle or toward the bottom, the products will not have a high enough concentration of those ingredients (basically, they won’t do anything for you).

Best Cleansers for Oily Skin that is sensitive:

If you have sensitive skin, this may be okay for you!  Those of you who are sensitive to the common ingredients in cleansers for oily skin and acne, look for a cleanser that has Lactic acid instead of Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid.

But if you are REALLY trying to fight Acne, you want them on the TOP of the ingredients list.  Look for:

– Glycolic Acid
– Salicylic Acid
– Lactic Acid
– Tea Tree Oil
– Benzoyl Peroxide
– Sulfur

Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Lactic Acid help increase that skin-cell turnover rate.  If you have a lot of clogged pores, whiteheads, and blackheads, these three help smooth out the surface of your skin.

Tea Tree Oil is a natural antimicrobial, so it helps bring down the Acne-causing bacteria.  Benzoyl Peroxide brings down the Acne-causing bacteria as well.

Benzoyl Peroxide and Sulfur also have drying agents to dry out the breakouts.

Cleansers to help Lighten Acne Scars:

5. Lightens Acne Scars & Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

If you STILL have bumps and scars (also-known-as Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), here are some options in ADDITION to treating the Acne breakouts.

– Glycolic Acid
– Phytic Acid
– Arbutin
– Licorice Root Extract

Glycolic Acid sheds the skin really fast!  This helps lighten the scars by shedding off the dead skin encouraging new skin to grow.

Phytic Acid is derived from rice and is a natural lightener-and-brightener.  Arbutin, Licorice Root Extract, and Kojic Acid are also natural lightener-and-brighteners.

You’re probably not going to find a Cleanser that has ALL of these ingredients in it, but if you can find one that has two or three, you can layer it with other serums and moisturizers that contain lighteners-and-brighteners.

This creates a Multi-Layering Effect.  As the ingredients absorb into your skin layers, the products become diluted the farther down they go.  By layering products with lightener-and-brightener ingredients, they have a higher chance of penetrating deeper into the skin and are more effective!

**Click HERE for our blog on how to lighten Acne scars!**

Now, the ironic problem with Acne products is they can OVER-dry your skin which can then cause you to break out MORE

Some people experience dryness, flakiness, scaliness, and peeling skin.  Some people end up producing MORE oil in order to compensate for the dry skin, and they break out even more…

If you’re not keeping your skin properly hydrated when treated Acne, it can become a never-ending cycle of dry skinoily skindry skinoily skin, with breakouts in the mix.

You may experience a condition called “T.E.W.L.” or Trans-Epidermal Water Loss.  This is when your skin loses its ability to hold on to moisture.  It’s being dried out too quickly and the skin-cell turnover rate is now TOO fast.

Here are some things you can do to counteract the drying effect of Acne products.  You need to help your skin by properly increasing its hydration so it won’t product as much oil or breakouts.

Cleansers that reduce Acne and Balance out Oil (Balancing Cleansers)

Some Cleansers have sulfates which break down the extra oil that is on your skin.  This can be very drying.  Look for a BALANCING Gel Cleanser.

Sometimes oily skin and acneic skin are just unbalanced and all they need is a BALANCING Cleanser with some acne spot treatment and that is enough to balance out the oil and hydrate the skin.  If your skin is only 10% affected by some pimples, all you may need is a balancing cleanser , toner, and exfoliant with an occasional spot treatment.

Ingredients to look for in Cleansers for Oily Skin and Acne

cleansing oil, gel foaming cleanser
Oily with BREAK OUTS
gel foaming cleanser
Oily with Break outs and ACNE SCARS
gel or cream based exfoliating cleanser
gel based cleanser, cream based cleanser

Here are some suggestions:

Balancing Gel Cleanser  

Gel based foaming cleanser -recommended to balance out oil.  Combo -oily skin can be used for sensitive skin with some break outs to oily skin with NO break outs.  Uses gentle coco glucoside (coconut based surfactant) and is an organic cleanser.

Product Review For a Gel foaming cleanser for oily skin and Acne

Acne and Oily Skin Cleanser

Gel based foaming cleanser for oily and acne grades 1 and 2.  May not be suitable for some sensitive skin types.

Balancing Toner for Oily skin  

Balances out oily to combo oily skin.  Great for adjusting pH of skin after a sweaty work out to keep acne bacteria from increasing.  Great after a work out when you don’t have time to wash your face.

Exfoliant (not for sensitive skin)

Great for aging skin, acne and  acne scars.  Lightens and brightens.  **May be added to any of the Image cleansers to boost exfoliating properties.



Look for foaming ingredients such as, Soapwort and Coco-Glucoside (which is a coconut-based surfactant).  These gently foam without stripping the Acid Mantle of your skin.

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