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How to exfoliate your skin if its oily

Have you been blessed with oily skin?

Then questions you likely want to be answered are – what is the best exfoliation for my skin type?

How often should I exfoliate my face?

Fortunately, you have come to the right place.

You could call us the patron saint of oily skin because we have been treating this skin type for over 25 years and counting.

We have researched and read everything, to help figure out how to help our clients treat their oily skin.

So much so, we have decided to broadcast our advice with the gods of Google. You’ll forgive our indiscretion as soon as you read them.

How to exfoliate your oily skin – your questions answered

Q: Why is salicylic acid recommend for oily skin types?

A: The reason these topicals are so effective is that they are oil-soluble, so they easily absorb into the lining of your pore, to exfoliate and kill bacteria.

Q:  BHAs, AHAs, retinol, scrubs… Can we use these all together?

A: You can use them together, but not all at the same time – too much exfoliation can actually cause a reaction that ends up producing more oil, not to mention disrupting your skin’s barrier, where you end up creating a vicious cycle on your skin of to much oil.

Don’t forget that AHAs are water-soluble and exfoliate the surface, whilst BHAs are oil-soluble and help to flush out the follicular wall, unclogging pores.

Q: Out of those four methods which are the best to use?

A: Beta-hydroxy acid and Vitamin A such as A+ retinoid complex and C+ vitamin complex, are the most important.

Our general rule is one activity for the morning and one for the evening. We recommend starting by using a BHA once or twice a week. Then after two weeks or so try adding in retinol twice a week. Once you get your skin accustomed to retinol, you can build up.

Q: Can I use a scrub on my skin?

We would personally avoid using a scrub, especially if using chemical exfoliation and retinoids, and any mechanical exfoliation, such as microdermabrasion. Harsh scrubs can actually cause tiny micro-tears in your skin and upset the balance of oil (sebum) on your skin, sop stick to gentle peels instead.

Q: What if my skin is sensitive or I suffer from acne inflammation?

A: Here at the Naked Chemist, we believe that inflammation is the leading cause of premature ageing. It is the first thing you should treat before considering treating your breakouts, especially if they are inflamed. If you do want to exfoliate this article is worth a read.

Q: Is extraction important?

A: If you do all the right things for your oily skin, and still need some extractions on blackheads once in a while, that is not a problem. However, we should stress it is important to find an experienced skincare specialist to perform the extractions; they will perform a thorough facial analysis and recommend the right products.

They can administer different types of peels and utilize various techniques to get your skin back on track.

Q: I have large pores, is there anything in the way of exfoliation that will eliminate those?

A: This is a very controversial subject, and there is a lot of misinformation around about this topic, so we dedicated a whole article to it here.

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