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Oil Cleansing for Sensitive Skin

Finding the right product for sensitive skin can be difficult, as harsh ingredients and abrasive formulas can be irritating or cause breakouts. Cleansing oils may be an excellent alternative to traditional cleansers for people with very sensitive complexions, as they can be a gentler option that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

The Benefits of Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansing can be a great choice for many skin types, but is particularly suitable for those with dry or sensitive skin types. If you’re unsure about your skin type, you can learn more in our skin type guide.

Oil cleansing offers a gentler alternative to astringent, drying formulas that can leave your skin feeling tight and irritated.

Removes Makeup and Dirt

Oil cleansers are still effective in cleaning the skin and can effectively remove dirt and makeup -- even waterproof formulas. In fact, oil cleansers break down most waterproof formulas more effectively than standard cleansers, as waterproof makeup is often formulated with oil in an attempt to resist water. Oil attracts oil, making these cleansers effective in wiping away your most stubborn makeup products.

Protects Skin Barrier

Our skin naturally produces a kind of oil called sebum, and while excess sebum can mix with bacteria to cause acne, your skin does still need some oil in order to stay healthy. The natural protective layer of your skin, called the skin barrier, is best equipt to keep out dirt, bacteria, and impurities when the oil production is kept balanced.

Deeply clears Pores

As oil cleansing dissolves the excess oil, makeup, dirt, and other impurities on your skin, it also deeply penetrates the pores in order to prevent breakouts. As discussed, oil attracts oil, and an oil cleanser is able to clean your skin deeply without harsh chemicals or excessive scrubbing.

Who can use oil cleansers?

Oil cleansers can be a good choice for most skin types, as they gently cleanse the skin without leaving a ton of excess oil behind. They may be best suited to skin types that are dry or sensitive, as they contain less astringent properties and are unlikely to irritate or further dry out the skin.

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