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Which Acids Are Best for Oily Skin Care?

4 Active Ingredients Everyone With Oily Skin Should Know About

Mastering your skincare routine takes time, and finding the right products for your skin's particular concerns is the easiest way to expedite the process. If you're still chancing your skin's health on guesswork and recommendations from friends with different skin types, it's time to get more focused. Read on for highly effective, active ingredients that everyone with oily skin should know about.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating skincare compound that's naturally occurring in the body, with its highest concentrations being found in the connective tissues between joints. As a skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid is one that can be used by most skin types because of its hydrating properties. Whether you simply like to reap the benefits of double cleansing or are in the habit of over cleansing to get rid of excess oil, it's important to replenish your skin's moisture with deeply penetrating ingredients, and for that purpose hyaluronic acid is one of the best options.

Salicylic Acid

To avoid the risk of drying and the irritating effects of over cleansing, it's important to use cleansers that can break down the buildup of oil and product on your face without upsetting your skin's natural balance. Salicylic acid is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammatory that's derived from the willow bark tree — which is also used in the production of painkillers like Aspirin — and has the ability to penetrate deep into pores to rid them of congestants like excess oil, dead skin cells, and makeup. Due to its exfoliating properties, using salicylic acid can leave your skin sensitive to the sun, so it's important to make sun protection a part of your everyday skin care.


Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is found naturally in sugar cane but can also be manufactured artificially. With the smallest molecules of all the alpha hydroxy acids, it's highly effective at deeply cleansing and exfoliating oily skin without upsetting the natural balance. Glycolic acid's resurfacing properties make it a popular ingredient in facial peels, but you can benefit from it in gentle products such as face washes, which get rid of dullness and hyperpigmentation.


When used topically, niacinamide — otherwise known as nicotinic acid and vitamin B3 — aids in regulating the skin's function as a barrier against outside irritants. Niacinamide's benefits include boosting collagen production (which means more youthful, moisturised skin), pigment regulation (which means less hyperpigmentation and dark scarring), and intercepting and reversing harmful oxidants (which means healthier, more radiant skin).

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