People who struggle with acne skin very often experience similar problems to people with sensitive skin. Their face often gets irritated, which causes pain. In such a situation, mechanical skin cleaning as well as peelings are not always recommended, which makes it more difficult to deeply clean the skin. Is there a good way to deal with oily skin which is sensitive at the same time?


Sensitive and oily skin treatment

Like other types of skin, sensitive but oily skin requires cleansing, exfoliation and hydration. When your skin is not properly cleansed, its condition worsens and you have many acne spots. To avoid it, you simply need to focus on proper daily face care. Delicate products made for mixed skin are usually the optimal choice. What you should avoid are comedogenic ingredients which clog your pores, as well as strong cleaners which can dry your skin and cause irritations.


Are acids good for oily but sensitive skin?

One of the most common and powerful treatments for skin with problems are acids. When acne appears, acids seems to be the best solution that you can choose to get rid of the issue. However, applying acids on the oily skin which are highly delicate and prone to diluted capillaries is not always the best choice. Although the majority of people tolerate acids to a great extent, there are also some others for whom it can be a rather painful procedure.

Although acids are generally beneficial for our skin, they are not meant for all people. If you have sensitive skin, you should always use them carefully and follow the recommendation of a producer. As acids are powerful, it is possible for them to irritate and dehydrate your skin. Once your skin peels excessively, the amount of produced sebum can increase and as a result your skin gets even more oily. This is why acids should always be used wisely. If your skin is extremely delicate, you should look for other, more delicate ways to clean it. You may also opt for some acid combinations which aren’t that aggressive.


Innovative treatments with acids

There are many innovative cosmetics based on unique acid combinations which are highly effective but gentler to your skin. These often include such ingredients as lactic, lactobionic or citric acid combined with urea, arginine and antioxidants. They promote slower exfoliation, don’t dehydrate your skin and foster its regeneration. The ingredients are delicate so you may consider using them if other kinds of acids are too strong for you.


How to take care of problematic skin at home?

If you suffer from problematic skin, never use cosmetics without reading their etiquettes. Apart from acid peeling, there is also a huge number of other cosmetics that may work for you. Remember that proper face care should include not only exfoliation, but also cleansing and moisturizing.

What we recommend for oily but sensitive skin is face toner with 2% of salicylic acid. Such  a product can be found in most pharmacies. Despite low concentration of the acid, such toners are highly powerful and can, unfortunately, irritate your skin when used too frequently. At the beginning, apply it to your skin once or twice a week and observe the reaction. If you feel that your skin is tight, dry or pink, take a break.

The same applies to cosmetics which are rich in vitamin C and retinol. These two ingredients are recommended for difficult skin, but they can also be too aggressive for your epidermis at the beginning of the treatment. Both ingredients can irritate and dehydrate skin – this effect is usually temporary. 

If you have hypersensitive and oily skin, there is yet another product type that you should consider using, namely skin cleansing oils. Although such products are still not so popular among people with oily skin, as they are believed to make your skin even oilier, the reality is just opposite. They provide better skin hydration and help rebuild the hydrolipid barrier which is the main cause of skin irritation, redness and hypersensitivity.