Choosing the right cleanser for your skin type is important. The best cleansers can clean your skin gently without causing lingering dryness. When you have oily skin, select cleansers with ingredients that are oil-free -- a good place to start is with the normal-to-oily skin cleansing products, but don't limit yourself to them. Look for cleansers that are gentle, water-soluble and noncomedogenic, which means they won't clog pores.
People with oily skin commonly complain about acne breakouts. If you have problems with acne, products with salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide may help clear up and prevent breakouts. Avoiding emollient ingredients such as cocoa butter and coconut oil will also help you avoid acne flare ups -- emollients are thick, greasy moisturizers that seal water in and are best left for the dry skin sufferers. For moisturizing benefits (yes, oily skin still needs to be moisturized in order to maintain a healthy level of skin hydration), look for products that have humectant moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin and lactic acid -- these types of moisturizers attract water to the skin without oils or thick, pore-clogging emulsions.
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