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The Best Ingredients and Products for Oily Skin

To control oily skin, it is important to choose skincare products designed to minimize oil, refine pores and hydrate the skin. The best ingredients to do this include burdock, grapefruit, rosemary, lemon, ivy, sage, basil, witch hazel and panthenol.

Burdock and grapefruit normalize the oil glands, purify and prevent clogging, making them the ingredient of choice for oily skin. Rosemary and lemon are also commonly used in oily skin products for their antiseptic properties. These ingredients help disinfect and control bacteria to ward off breakouts, which often go hand in hand with oily skin. Astringents like lemon, ivy, sage, basil and witch hazel help shrink and contract tissues, check secretions and refine pores; which over time can become enlarged with oily skin. Basil is also antimicrobial; it tones and purifies, while watercress, aloe and panthenol moisturize and soothe to help reduce the output of oil.

Natural foaming agents like saponaria, corn and coconut derived cleansing agents help effectively remove excess oil without drying the skin and causing rebound oil production.

The Best Oily Skin Regimen

Now that ingredients have been laid out, being consistent with a gentle and appropriate regimen is vital for treating oily skin. At minimum, it is best to cleanse and use an oil-controlling moisturizer twice daily.

Start with a sulfate-free cleanser that will normalize and control oil production, such as the Phyto-Gel Cleanser, which contains all of the necessary ingredients, making it an ideal first step for all oily skin regimens.

Oily skin types should always use an alcohol-free toner after they cleanse. The right toner will complete the cleanse by further removing excess oil without drying the skin, and it will also remove irritating hard water deposits that can leave a residue on the skin. Great toner ingredients for oily skin include aloe and lactic acid to increase moisture and prevent excessive oil. The Combination Skin Lotion contains rosemary, witch hazel, lactic acid and aloe for refined, healthy balanced skin.

Oily skin types tend to avoid moisturizers, thinking it will make the skin even oilier. While this is true for heavy, mineral-oil based moisturizers, the right moisturizer that is noncomedogenic and refrains from mineral oil is an important final step in the skincare regimen. The lightweight, oil-controlling Mattifying Oily Skin Cream increases hydration without clogging pores, and can actually slow down oil production.

With the use of the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser every other day, along with the Enzymo-Sphérides® Peeling Cream once or twice a week, excess dead skin cells that tend to accumulate with oily skin and clog the pores will be eliminated. A Pevonia® Deep Cleansing Facial is also highly recommended.