Hi, I'm Pippa, and I’m using an oil cleanser as an acne treatment for my combination skin. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Oil?! Is she crazy? I need less oil not more!”. As someone who has combination, acne-prone skin, I fully understand where this fear is coming from.
It’s disheartening to spend large amounts of time and money on products that fail to balance your skin or calm down breakouts - let alone make everything worse. So, in an effort to convince you that oil cleansing can in fact be suitable for acne-prone skin types, I've used three different oil cleansers, from three different brands and have done a bit of research to put your mind at rest when it comes to oil cleansing.
What Is Oil Cleansing & The Double Cleansing Method?
Put simply, this technique involves massaging an oil cleanser into the skin first, emulsify by rinsing with water and then following the process with a second cleanser. The oil cleanser removes any makeup, sunscreen, pollution and blemish-causing debris, while the second cleanser removes the remaining product and efficiently cleans the epidermis (or top) layer of the skin. Not surprisingly, the double cleansing method is incredibly popular in the iconic skincare nations of Japan and South Korea.
Sooo, how will this get rid of my acne, you ask? Well, the cleansing oil removes any oil based components (see, Year 7 Science was helpful!) which water or a water-based cleanser can't efficiently remove. This is why using an oil cleanser can be beneficial for very oily, or acne-prone skin. Acne-prone skins can also often be dehydrated and present as "oily". Many of us are guilty of using super drying products to combat breakouts, which in turn causes an overproduction of oil (making us think we have oily skin, but actually our skin is just trying to overcompensate). So using an oil cleanser can also help to balance that out.