It is essential to make sure you are not using a cleanser that is overly drying to the skin. One of the biggest myths associated with breakouts is that you need to strip that oil off. This isn’t looking at the big picture. When those pores overproduce your oil and you strip it off with harsh cleansers, this only solves the problem temporarily. In fact, the skin regulates itself, and if it feels dry, it will overproduce oil, leading to even more oil being produced than before. When this happens, that harmful bacteria will be a happy camper and set out to create even more bad bacteria on your face.
However, your oil produced in your pores is super pore clogging, so don’t you want to remove it? The answer is yes, but you want to make sure that if you are removing it off the face, you’re supplying something back to "trick" your skin into stopping producing this oil. This is where plant-based oils come in. Your bad bacteria does not spread in plant-based oils. These oils also do not contribute to clogged pores and in fact, help reduce harmful bacteria and also balance your oiliness.
Another factor to make sure your paying attention to is exfoliating dead skin. Now, most cases exfoliants come from either chemicals or ingredients like beads and scrubs. In most cases, if you are battling breakouts and are trying to get your skin under control, these methods are way too harsh with open breakouts. The other problem with them is that you would need to use them daily to keep shedding under control and this is just too harsh for the skin. These methods are useful for a couple of times a month or once a week, but dead skin sheds so rapidly for problematic skin, that daily exfoliation is super necessary.
So how do you exfoliate that often without damaging or irritating skin?