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Why I Never Use Cleanser On My Oily Skin

For the majority of my life, I fell into a common skincare trap. 

When I was younger, especially in my teenage years and early 20s, I had severe acne and I thought I had oily skin.

So what I did was I decided I needed to wash my face so many times a day, sometimes even four times a day! 

In the morning, with soap…

Late morning, with soap…

And then in the afternoon, with soap and evening, with soap.

I thought that soap was the answer to getting rid of the excess oil my body was producing, and if I did, then my skin would look better.

Then I noticed that that wasn’t quite working, so I started using oil-free products.

Do you know what happened?

My skin got so much oilier! 

So I started using a tissue to blot off all the excess oils throughout the day… 

This vicious circle continued until finally, it clicked…. 

You see, our bodies know what’s best for us. So then I thought, “was my skin trying to take care of itself? Could it be telling me what it really needed all this time?”

Lightbulb moment! 

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I realized that by stripping my skin of every bit of oil it was producing, I was causing it to overproduce to make up for the imbalance. 

I then realized that the oils my skin was producing, were actually nutritious, beneficial and protective for my skin. 

I needed these protective oils to look my best and optimize my skin’s health. Simple as that. 

To this day, I almost never use cleanser on my face. 

Once I let my skin return to its natural balance, and I listened and left it alone, it got so much better! 

So what I recommend if you think you have oily skin or if see that you tend to have oil on your forehead, or on your nose, and T-Zone is to try to be gentle. 

This means use LESS soap and try not to wash your face with soap in the morning. 

If you do nothing else, do this: 

Switch to a natural product that does not say “oil-free”. 

I know, this may shock you, but try this and combine this simple adjustment and give your skin a couple of weeks to rebalance and I’ll bet it gets better. 

Your skin is going to thank you. 

Comments 6

  1. Hi Fumiko,
    Thanks for the tip! I have really oily skin and am hoping this will help. Can you be more specific about the type of product to try? Should it be foaming or not, what type of natural cleanser? Thanks!

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      Hi Alisa,
      Thanks for your question.
      As I mentioned in the video, I would start with any product that is natural and that doesn’t say it’s “oil free”. For starters, you can choose anything that you feel comfortable with and that meets the requirements above. Let me know how it worked out for you!
      Best, Fumiko!

  2. Thank you so much for tip. I will try that and see what happens to my face. I do have very oily face, for me it all over in my face. When I was a younger girl I use normal bath soap to wash my face , I never noticed any oil y sports on my face. Then in my later years when I could get extra money and as an international student in China I began to look at friends buying different products for washing their face. I joined them, this is how I began to notice oil on my face. Thank you for you advice. What good soap can I use to wash my face I’m a black skin woman. I use dove for bath . It been good for skin so far.

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      Hi Fatmata,
      In general, I would recommend using less soap, as well as trying to exclude washing face with soap from your morning routine. If, anyways, you are too used to soaps and don’t want to give up on them, you can at least try switching to a natural product that does not say “oil-free” on the package.
      Hope this helps,

  3. Hi Fumiko,
    Thanks for this,I think it’s going to help me change my skin completely because the past few months I have stuck to a skin care routine that I thought was supposed to help but my oily skin has got even more oilier,the acne seems to go the come back and continuous,so thanks alot let me try it out and see how it goes.

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      Hey Gloria,
      I am sorry to hear that you are having troubles with your current skincare routine. When you try out the advice above, please, let me know if it’s working out for you!

      Best wishes,

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