As someone who’s had oily, acne-prone skin for my entire adult life, I spent a huge number of years (no exaggeration) avoiding oily skincare products like the plague. Glow-boosting oils? No, thank you. Oil-infused cleansing balms? I’ll give it a miss. And my most hotly avoided product of them all? Cleansing oils. If you’re also a member of the oily skin brigade, then I know that you’ll understand where I’m coming from. When you spend all of your time trying to minimise oil production to prevent clogged pores and your makeup routine involves painstakingly applying powder to all the areas that you’re currently shining like a beacon from, then the thought of voluntarily applying more oil to your face feels counterproductive.
However, a few years back, a rather lovely facialist recommended a cleansing oil to me during a treatment, explaining to me that not only can using oils help to regulate your skin’s own oil production but that a cleansing oil will actually attract the excess oil on your skin’s surface so that you can easily wash it away. I gave her advice a go, and genuinely, I’ve never looked back. Cleansing oils and oil-rich balms are now a regular part of my skincare routine, and my skin loves them. Yes, I’ll always have skin that’s naturally on the oilier side and prone to spots, but adding a cleansing oil to my routine definitely hasn’t exacerbated the situation.