Sensitive Skin Approved: Best (ingredients in) Cleansers for Blackhead and Oily Skin:
by Skinned Magazine
NOT ALL CLEANSERS ARE CREATED EQUAL.
Many people wonder if the cleanser they’re using are made of the right ingredients, correct for their skin type. We all demand for one that removes every trace of dirt, sweat and makeup to allow the skin to breathe again by the end of the night. This is the most basic function to cleansing your skin, but some tend to look for additional benefiting functions that a cleanser can offer to treat other problems on their face.
The following information will help you to spot certain ingredients that may solve your skin problems, whether you’re currently contemplating on switching to another cleanser that treats eczema skin, blackheads, dry skin or oily skin.
To make this better, we have also compared effective chemicals used in skincare/cosmetics and substituting them with natural extracts that provide similar function and results.
So for those who vote for a more gentle, non-chemical approach of skin cleansing, this article is also for you.
OILY SKIN: FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH A GREASE-BATTLE EVERYDAY
When you pick something that helps fight the grease on your skin, look out for astringents which can remove the excess oil and sebum on the surface of your skin. Note that an excessive amount of sebum or natural oil production can lead to acne, blackheads and whiteheads forming.
Astringents such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid are ideal for oily or acne prone skin. Hence, cleansers with a small percentage of glycolic acid and salicylic acid contained in the ingredient list can help retain your natural oil balance that your skin really needs, before building up to an acne disaster and clogged pores.
TOO HARSH FOR YOUR SKIN? HERE ARE SOME BOTANIC EXTRACTS THAT CAN HELP:
What are the alternatives to astringents that can help with oiliness you may ask? We have found that many professional skincare brands use calendula extract, yarrow flower extract and cucumber extract to treat very oily skin. Calendula flowers help to balance excessively oily skin through possessing astringent, soothing and moisturizing benefits, so you do not have to worry if the cleanser (containing natural astringents such as calendula) will strip off all the hydration on your skin.
Yarrow and cucumber extracts has anti-inflammatory qualities and are used mainly to knock back the breakouts on your skin. It can even purify and reduce acne scars due to its natural anti-oxidising properties.
2. BYE-BYE BLACKHEAD: Ingredients to vanish them!
We’ll keep it real here. The best way to pick out blackheads is to NEVER DO SO! The safest way of removing them without scarring your skin is to professionally get them extracted by your dermatologist. However, there are certain ingredients used to break down blackheads from skin deep, then washed out from the pores along with dead skin cells.
When choosing a facewash to fight blackheads, spot ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that works perfectly to dissolve the type of skin debris that clogs pores or lead to acne lesions (blackheads and whiteheads). In case of any bacterial infection post-extraction, or if you accidentally scratched and wounded visible blackheads on your face, use benzoyl peroxide to calm the inflammation and slow down the pus growth of your infected skin.
If you are a fan of all-natural products, then another botanic alternative you can find to remove blackhead is willow bark extract. Willow bark is actually a source of salicylates, which is then chemically converted into salicylic acid. Salicylic acid in a higher percentage may cause irritation and redness on those with sensitive skin.
If you are trying to treat blackheads on your irritated skin, do not worry, willow bark extract similarly helps clear active blackheads but with a more clean and gentle approach. In addition, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory that can alleviate redness and pain, best for your sensitive skin.
Do you use any of the ingredients listed above? What are your favourite products with life-changing ingredients? Comment down below for us to review any you have in mind!