Sometimes, the solutions to certain problems is stopping certain things, and oily skin is one of them. That’s because we often engage in habits or practices that make the problem worse. So putting a stop to those is key to improving oily skin. So first, just stop these worst skincare don’ts for oily skin below.
5 Worst Skincare Don’ts for Oily Skin
You see that oil on your face and you want it gone, we get it. But washing several times a day can eliminate the skin’s natural oils that actually help keep it moisturized and instead give us a dry face. Worse yet, getting rid of those oils can trigger the body to produce more—a vicious skin circle you do not wanna fall into.
So take heed of this first don’t of the worst skincare don’ts for oily skin: The best thing to do, no matter how oily your skin, is to wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
This cleanser should be gentle enough that it doesn’t strip away all of your natural skin oils, or this will put your oil glands into overdrive and you’ll end up with more oil (and even acne) than you started with. *Cue sad trombone music*
Need a gentle facial cleanser for oily skin? Check out the Pure Brew Micellar Cleansing Water (apply with a cotton ball, no rinsing needed) from Callyssee for a gentle and effective cleanser suitable for oily skin that doesn’t overdry. This baby moisturizes as it gets the extra oil off your face. It’s a favorite at Callyssee HQ!
Harsh toners can be as bad as overwashing in terms of stripping away good oils and spiking overall oil production. You don’t want it leaving your skin squeaky clean – that’s one of the most popular and worst skincare don’ts for oily skin.
So here’s what you do: simply pick a gentle toner that won’t irritate your skin and cause trouble. You can try the Fresh Brew Facial Toner from Callyssee, which has Chamomile Flower Extract and Linden Flower Extract in addition to Coffea Arabica (Organic Green Coffee) Seed Extract, to soothe and protect skin as it cleanses and leaves you radiant.
Moisturizing is beneficial for oily skin — don’t make the mistake of passing on it if you don’t have dry skin! All you gotta do is pick a high-quality formulation that’s also tailored specifically for oily skin to help keep oil production under control.
Our favorite is the Whipped Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Oily Skin — it’s light and doesn’t aggravate blemishes, just gets your skin the moisture it needs without going overboard or triggering extra oil production. No greasy films here!
Slather on a bunch of stuff
Some folks try several products at once—that can make things worse. Besides, slathering on more than three products at a time on your skin is a waste of money: your skin won’t be able to absorb the ingredients from the 4th and 5th products you use.
Stick to a minimal routine of a gentle cleanser, toner, and moisturizer—all geared for oily skin—for best results.
And don’t forget sunscreen! It’s okay if this is the 4th product because your skin doesn’t need to absorb it, all you need is for your sunscreen to create a barrier between the sun’s UV rays and your delicate skin. Skipping sunscreen is one of the worst skincare habits, because it leaves your skin vulnerable to cancer, dark spots, and premature wrinkles.
Wiping your face with your hands can get bacteria and dirt into your pores, causing more problems. Of the worst skincare don’ts for oily skin, this is perhaps the most insidious because it often happens unconsciously… and right after you’ve had your hands on something disgusting, like a keyboard or an elevator button. (Ugh!)
If you find yourself touching your face all the time and can’t stop, consider becoming a hand sanitizer addict – this way you’ll at least be transferring fewer germs and bacterial onto your face when you get your fingers on it!
Now that you know the top 5 worst skincare don’ts for oily skin, we hope we’ve cleared up any misconceptions so you can get on your skin’s good side and face your day with a fresher, more confident face. Rock on, gorgeous!