Fact or Fiction: Does Cleansing With Oil Cause Breakouts?
What if we told you the secret to helping to remove pore-clogging dirt and oil on your skin’s surface is to wash your face with oil—yes, oil—instead of water? Before you run the other way, hear us out. If you have especially oily skin, it’s highly plausible that you’re cringing at the idea of adding more oil onto your skin in utter fear that a breakout will ensue. The fact of the matter is, it might happen. But it also might not, according to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com expert, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali.
“You can definitely increase the likelihood of skin breakouts by utilizing thick oils too often,” he says. “However, when used correctly one to two times per week, you can actually improve moisture and help reduce oil on the skin.” Eager to give cleansing oils a try? You could reach for argan oil—Bhanusali’s favorite recommendation—to help manage oil production and soften skin, or you could opt for any one of our favorite cleansing oils below.
VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE CLEANSING MICELLAR OIL
Formulated with unique micellar technology and camellia oil, this oil cleanser gently removes impurities (waterproof makeup included!) and leaves skin feeling supple, soft, and moisturized.
THE BODY SHOP CAMOMILE SILKY CLEANSING OIL
Cleansing oils are the ultimate time-saver (ahem, lazy girls!) because they effortlessly remove dirt, impurities, and makeup in a pinch. This silky, oil-based cleanser is no exception. After one use, skin will be left feeling clean and refreshed.
SHU UEMURA ANTI/OXI SKIN REFINING CLEANSING OIL
Remove impurities and stubborn makeup all while awakening your senses with the scent of elemi, mandarin, and ginger with this cleansing oil by Shu Uemura. As you massage it into your skin, you’ll experience notes of lavender, cardamom, and geranium, topped off with a base note of guaiac wood. Smells aside, skin will look radiant and refined.