Usefulness of a face scrub for oily skin
A scrub is very suitable for those with oily skin and not only, because it frees the pores of the skin : the sebum, which is produced in greater quantities in oily skin than in other skin types, remains in the pores, which become clogged for all the impurities that attack the skin every day (smog, make-up, dust, etc.), causing acne breakouts. However, even normal skin can run into this type of problem, perhaps linked to a particular period of our life. (stress, hormones, age).
The exfoliating action also makes the skin surface smooth and radiant. It also improves its texture. Pollution, poor hygiene care, sun, make-up, etc. can make the skin dull and grey . The scrub promotes the skin renewal process.
Plus it improves the absorption of skincare products: if you let all those impurities build up, skincare products will have a hard time penetrating, rendering their effects useless.
Regardless of the type of skin you have, the face scrub should be used delicately, with circular movements.
How many times a week to use the face scrub for oily skin?
In general, the frequency depends on the type of skin: for oily skin it is necessary to exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week .
Ingredients to be avoided when preparing a face scrub for oily skin
Pay attention to the ingredients of the scrub - they should not contain any aggressive substances.
Not all ingredients are optimal for exfoliating the skin. It's always good to prefer more delicate face scrubs, because they're less irritating to the skin.
Some scrubs contain ingredients like sea salt, coffee grounds, nut shells, and large sugar granules, which have an abrasive texture. Even if you exfoliate your skin, as recommended, with gentle circular massages, these ingredients can cause redness, itching and even scratches on the surface of the skin, leaving it irritated.
You also need to consider that while these are natural ingredients, your skin may react to one or more than one ingredient, or even to a blend of ingredients.
So, before buying a face scrub or preparing one at home, remember to do a patch test and wait up to 24 hours for any visible signs of a reaction.
What are the best ingredients to exfoliate your skin?
Now that you've read which ingredients should be avoided in exfoliants, if you have oily and acne-prone skin, let's examine the ingredients recommended for oily skin.
One such ingredient is salicylic acid , the notable benefit of which is the ability to exfoliate the skin.
We know that many skin problems are caused by the accumulation of dead cells on its surface. Salicylic acid penetrates the pores of the skin to dissolve dead cells that have built up there, hence leading to clogged pores.
Salicylic acid also helps remove dirt, bacteria and grime that build up throughout the day on the skin's surface, thus leaving pores clean and free of irritants.
Thanks to its exfoliating action and the removal of bacteria and dead cells, salicylic acid purifies the skin, improving its health and appearance.
Another great property of salicylic acid is its effectiveness against acne and in eliminating white and blackheads, especially around the nose and in the areas most prone to the formation of these blemishes.
So, in addition to its exfoliating action, it manages to break the bonds between cells in the outer layers of the skin, unclogging pores.
Its benefits don't end there, however, as salicylic acid can penetrate the skin and clogged pores to provide the deep cleansing it needs to reduce acne breakouts, thanks to its ability to reduce and regulate sebum secretion.
A second ingredient that you must look for in a face scrub is snail slime , one of whose properties is its ability to reduce excess oiliness of the skin, which makes it a particularly suitable ingredient for oily skin.
Above all, snail slime is a great all-rounder for skin care, helping to heal acne scars, hyperpigmentation and inflammation, while improving overall skin texture.
How to choose a face scrub for oily skin?
It is very important to exfoliate oily skin regularly to try and avoid pimples, blackheads, and clogged pores. The same goes for combination skin , i.e. that type of skin that has both oily areas (the so-called T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin) and drier areas.
It is therefore impure skin, characterized by dilated pores from which sebum comes out and which can fill up with dirt (from the atmosphere, but also from make-up residues and dead skin cells) creating blackheads, excess sebum.
If on the one hand the skin needs cleansers and exfoliating scrubs, on the other hand these products must not be too aggressive, both because they could irritate the skin and because they would eliminate too much sebum, forcing the sebaceous glands to produce more.
Having said that, how will you have to choose your face scrub for oily skin?
What characteristics must an exfoliant suitable for oily and combination skin have?
We have talked about 2 ingredients such as salicylic acid and snail slime, but other substances are also suitable for a face scrub, such as hyaluronic acid, which will make the skin hydrated after the exfoliating action.
Exfoliation takes place through granules which,\ with the rubbing movement on the skin remove dead cells and the various impurities that have accumulated there during the day.Be careful to choose a product containing microgranules as it performs both an exfoliating and smoothing action, without irritating the skin.