Do you have oily skin? Never use these 5 ingredients

By Deborah Dan-Awoh

If you have acne-prone oily skin, not every recommended skin product is suitable for your skin.....

Summer is finally here, and creating a stellar skincare routine can become burdensome, especially when you have oily skin. It's a constant toss of experimenting and choosing what works.

In the bid to protect and pamper our skin, many of us have turned to products with healthy ingredients in hopes that they will help control excess oil.

But some of these products may backfire, which can lead to clogged pores and more oily skin.

What does Oily Skin mean?

Oily skin is when the sebaceous glands secrete too much sebum (an oily substance that hydrates and protects the skin).

How do you know you have oily skin?

There are four skin types, oily, dry, normal and combination.

The focus of this article is oily skin; You know you have oily skin when:

  • You have less visible wrinkles
  • Quite visible and enlarged pores
  • Your make up wears off quickly
  • Your face is always shiny

Is oily skin terrible?

No, it is not. It's as normal as other skin types. Just like every different skin type, it has to be appropriately managed and taken care of to be healthy and beautiful looking.

People with oily skin hardly have wrinkles, and your skin is just trying to protect its surface.

Dermatologists say that using the wrong products on oily skin can cause you to break out with acne, skin irritation or even worse.

Let's look at 5 ingredients to never use on oily skin and likely products that may be better suited.

Petroleum jelly is greasy and like a paste that does not absorb into the skin. It leaves a thick film of wax on the skin surface that clogs the pores.

1. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum Jelly is suitable for all skin types but probably not oily skin. A thick, wax-like paste, Petroleum jelly does not readily absorb into the skin. It is regularly recommended as a moisturizer as it forms a barrier on the skin's surface to lock in moisture. It can clog the pores.

Although used as a treatment for chapped lips, minor wounds, petroleum jelly increases oil production on the skin. This ingredient is in Vaseline and some essential oils.

If you have oily skin then applying coconut oil to skin can block your pores

2. Natural oils

Facial oils or essential oils are worth the hype, but things can get greasy on oily skin.

Naturally, the human body produces ingredients like coconut oil, and shea butter can very likely clog the pores of your face. Organic oils like coconut oil and shea butter are thick in consistency and quickly create another layer on the skin, locking in dirt and germs.

Using these ingredients on the body may be harmless, but it can lead to blackheads and zits once applied to your face. Now, natural or organic oils have tons of benefits for your skin, but if you have oily skin then, it's a no go area.

Avoid using alcohol-based cleansers, especially on the face. The alcohol ingredient dries out the slimness, forcing the skin to produce excess oil to keep the skin hydrated.

3. Alcohol

There is a lot of controversy and questions surrounding this ingredient. The truth is, there's a huge warning sign about using the element, but you find it in almost every product.

Alcohol comes in many forms. You can find it in makeups, lotions, skin and hair products. Alcohol can help your skin absorb products quickly and kill bacteria on the skin surface. However, in some cases, the ingredient may lead to skin irritation for all skin types especially, oily skin.

So why do products still contain alcohol?

You guessed right; the ingredient " Alcohol" has different variations. While some leave your skin hydrated and lush, others can seriously damage your skin. So how do you know which product contains the suitable alcohol?

Just look out for Cetyl, Stearyl and Cetearyl Alcohol; they are the good kind. But if you have oily skin and are looking for an ingredient for oil control, Alcohols are not for you.

Alcohol can dry out your skin, lead to open pores, and your body gets a message to produce more oil. If you have oily skin, then this can be a disaster.

When you over-exfoliate, you cause wear and tear to the skin, especially on the face. The facial skin is highly fragile, and over scrubbing can cause it to tear and get infected.

4. Harsh Face Scrubs

In the bid to get the glow game on, most people have used face scrubs that have left their faces scarred and irritated.

Does that mean you shouldn't exfoliate? No, that's not the point. Gentle Exfoliating is good to remove dead skin cells, but over-exfoliating is terrible for the skin.

It damages your skin when you overdo it, leading to skin injuries and wear and tear of skin tissues. Oily skin is just as sensitive as dry skin and should be cared for properly.

Using products that include artificial fragrance can cause bad skin allergies and itchy skin

5. Fragrance

Fragrances are present in most products to mask the unpleasant smell of chemicals and ingredients. The problem with artificial fragrance is that it irritates your skin, cause allergies, eczema and itchy skin. So next time you go out to buy skincare products, avoid ingredients with artificial fragrances.

Taking complete care of your skin to keep it healthy at all times will require you to pay keen attention to the ingredient list on every product. While you avoid these ingredients that can worsen your oily skin condition, here are a few bonus tips to help reduce acne breakouts and blackheads.

  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a water-based skin cleanser 2 or 3 times daily.
  • Use an oil-free skin moisturizer for oily skin.
  • Always use skin care products containing salicylic acid(a beta-hydroxy acid popular for reducing acne by cleansing the skin and unclogging the pores.
  • Only buy skincare products that are organic, natural, fragrance-free and mineral oil-free.
  • Eat well-balanced foods and avoid fatty and oil foods.