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To make caked-on makeup slide off with ease, many beauty manufacturers add oils to their skin care products. For someone with oily skin, the last thing you need is to slop on extra oil. There are plenty of products on the market that offer effective cleaning power that’s oil-free and gentle enough not to aggravate your already-inflamed acne-prone skin.
Marcella Cardinal, an Orlando, Florida, aesthetician and corrective skin specialist recommends Neutrogena's Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser to her oily-skinned and acne-prone clients. Cardinal says the mild formulation is free of irritating chemicals, which is ideal for inflammatory skin conditions. The cleanser is made with white willow bark, a natural source of salicylic acid, to help regulate your oil glands and fight acne.
Although she discourages them for everyday use, NYC makeup pro Heather Adessa says cleansing wipes offer a quick solution for removing your makeup when you are in a rush. She recommends Target's Up&Up wipes, which she finds as effective as their brand-name competitors like Neutrogena and Olay, for about half the price. “You never know when you are going to make a small mistake while doing your makeup, so having these on hand is helpful,” she says.
Gentle on Eyes
Although it looks and feels like baby oil, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is in fact, grease-free. Adessa says for a liquid product, the brand is her favorite. In spite of it being oil free, it cuts through even the toughest long-wear and waterproof makeups, while leaving your skin feeling soft and silky. It has a soft scent and won’t irritate your eyes. The formula is non-comedogenic -- which means it won’t clog your pores -- an important quality in skin care for an acne-prone lady.
Miami dermatologist Dr. Andrea Trowers says Physiological Micellar Solution by La Roche-Posay offers a very gentle cleansing solution for sensitive or acne-prone skin. The product can be used over the entire face and to remove eye makeup without causing breakouts. Oily-skinned herself, Trowers doesn’t just endorse the product, she uses it too. “My aesthetician applies it prior to my facials. It causes no burning, stinging or breakouts,” she says.