How to Treat Acne When You Have Oily Skin

If you have oily skin you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that your odds of having acne are likely a lot higher. Chances are, that’s a reality you live with almost every day. But in case you aren’t clear on how oily skin contributes to breakouts, here’s a quick primer: The oilier your skin, the more sebum it can produce. Sebum, a type of oil, helps keep skin from becoming too dry. Sebum has a downside, though, of making dead skin cells stick together, which can clog pores. Then, combine sebum with acne-causing bacteria inside the pore, and that’s the start of a pimple. Simply put, extra oil can make it harder to slough off dead skin cells — and that shedding process is important to keeping skin looking clear and healthy.

(On the topic of oil, it’s worth mentioning that eating greasy or oily foods doesn’t contribute to bad skin; this is a common myth. That said, oily hair might be making your acne worse, so be sure to shampoo regularly — daily if needed — to keep hair clean; this is especially important if hair touches your face or other areas where you’re experiencing breakouts.)

Since we’re all pretty much stuck with the skin we’re born with, the most important answer people with oily skin want to know is: What’s the best acne treatment for oily skin? There are more options than ever for keeping oil in check. Because a breakout begins with oily skin’s inability to get rid of dead skin cells (the top 18 to 23 layers of your skin are made of these cells, in fact), you should start by making sure that your oily skin care regimen includes a product(s) that exfoliates.

That means finding an acne face wash for oily skin (or a cream or scrub) that contains salicylic acid (sometimes called beta hydroxy acid). According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), salicylic acid works by exfoliating those layers of dead skin cells, reducing the risk for clogged pores. You can add in a product with benzoyl peroxide, which kills the bacteria that cause acne, and works in tandem with salicylic acid (alpha hydroxy acids work similarly too). Many people with oily skin find this double-team approach effective for minimizing and treating breakouts.

If you’re like a lot of people with oily skin, it’s tempting to go to practically any lengths to dry out your skin. Resist the urge. It won’t keep grease at bay and chances are good you’ll simply end up with dry skin that may even turn red, irritated and peeling — and your breakouts won’t be any better. In fact, over-drying skin can make pimples more likely, not less. Instead, simply wash your face twice a day (more if you exercise or sweat a lot), using a gentle cleanser and avoid over-scrubbing, which will likely only irritate skin. (Acne isn’t caused by dirt, so there’s no need to scrub hard.) Remember that the oil on your skin is there for a reason: to keep your skin from drying out and to help protect it. So while you do want to keep your skin’s surface from getting too shiny, some oil is actually a good thing.

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