• To control oil, prevent shine, and minimize pores, it is important to cleanse both morning and evening. If a sunscreen is being used (which it should!), it is also important to choose an evening cleanser that thoroughly removes water-resistant sunscreen and makeup.

    Removing Sunscreen and Makeup

    Sunscreen and makeup are two of the most common breakout-causing culprits. This is why it is essential for those with oily skin to have a thorough evening cleansing process to remove these things.

    Makeup and sunscreen-removing cleansers are usually oil or cream based since water-resistant sunscreen and makeup use waxes and polymers that are designed to repel water. These are also exactly the type of cleansers that those with oily skin tend to avoid.

    Before giving up on the idea of using one of these types of cleansers, remember – oil binds to oils. Using an oil-based cleanser can actually help to dissolve oil-based clogs in pores (like blackheads) and will more thoroughly wash away any potentially pore clogging oils contained in your sunscreen and makeup.

    In order to minimize the possibility of breakouts, if you choose to use an oil-based makeup-removing cleanser in the evening, you can do a secondary cleanse with a mild foaming cleanser, or use a toner that will remove excess oils or film left behind during the cleansing process.

    One other option is to use a cleansing device or cleansing cloths. These can help remove makeup and sunscreen more thoroughly than a cleanser alone – as well as provide some mild exfoliation.

    To check your cleansers effectiveness for removing makeup, apply a toner with a clean cotton ball after cleansing. If the cotton ball comes away with any makeup residue, then the cleanser is not completely removing all makeup and sunscreen.

    Foaming or Gel Cleansers

    A foaming gel cleanser can range from very aggressive and drying to very mild. This depends on the type of surfactant used, as well as the amount of humectants included to offset the lipid-stripping action of the cleansing process. As it rinses away easily and cleanly, this type of cleansers tend to be preferable to those with oily skin. One important thing to check with these cleansers is to ensure they are pH balanced – somewhere between a 4-6 (although a little lower is okay on AHA or salicylic acid-based cleansers). A higher pH can lead to unnecessary irritation and dryness.

    Treatment Cleansers for Oily Skin

    Treatment cleansers have added active ingredients that are designed to provide benefits beyond basic cleansing. They can help provide gentle exfoliation, clarify and minimize pores, reduce redness and soothe irritation, as well as kill acne-causing bacteria.

    They can provide additional benefits to a routine without adding an extra step. In order for the active ingredients in a treatment cleanser to penetrate the skin, leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.