5 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Oily Skin

Butters & Hard Oils
Butters such as shea or avocado and oils such as coconut and babassu are great occlusives that can help lock in moisture. But if you also have oily skin, they will be locking in oil too exacerbating blocked pores.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
This is quite a harsh cleanser. If you use it in a foaming cleanser to get your face squeaky clean your sebaceous glands are going to fight back and produce even more oils setting you back to square one.

Petroleum Jelly/Petrolatum
As you can guess this is a petroleum derived thick oil. It’s very good at locking in moisture but can also lock in oil and the bacteria that feed on it.

Physical Exfoliants
Facial scrubs can be drying, cause micro-tears in the skin and wreck the skins precious acid mantle that keeps all the nasty bacteria at bay. This will leave you skin dry, sore and probably even oilier.
Benzaldehyde/Parfum
Benzaldehyde is the perfume you find in products that smell a bit almondy. It has a comedogenic rating of 4 (the rating is from 0 to 5) which means it is likely to clog pores. The trouble is, this ingredient probably won’t be on the ingredients list as it can be classified under the generic “parfum/fragrance” part of the ingredients.

Benzaldehyde/Parfum
Benzaldehyde is the perfume you find in products that smell a bit almondy. It has a comedogenic rating of 4 (the rating is from 0 to 5) which means it is likely to clog pores. The trouble is, this ingredient probably won’t be on the ingredients list as it can be classified under the generic “parfum/fragrance” part of the ingredients.