When you struggle with breakouts, it’s easy to get caught up in searching for the perfect fix. Unfortunately, this quest can lead you to use products that contain harsh ingredients — some of which can even make your problem worse. Your skin might end up with dry patches, oily areas, and even more bumps.
Luckily, there are gentle products that can help you clear your breakouts while nourishing and protecting your skin. Let’s learn about our favorite type of cleanser for blemish-prone skin.
What Causes Breakouts?
Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and under-the-skin nodules can happen for several reasons. Genetics, hormone changes, improper skincare, and bacteria can all lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
In addition, your skin is home to healthy bacteria that regulate the pH balance of your skin and help keep blemish-causing bacteria at bay. An imbalance in this microbiome can result in unwelcome bumps and blemishes.
Some products, especially harsh cleansers, can disrupt that balance and potentially lead to a breakout. Others can damage your skin barrier, which helps keep bad bacteria out of your skin.
Additionally, when oily skin gets dry, it can produce excess oil to make up for the lack of moisture. This excess oil can clog up your pores and create an environment that invites breakout-causing bacteria.
What Can Help With Breakouts?
As a reminder, try not to pick or pop your blemishes. This can lead to scarring that is much more difficult to get rid of and can also introduce your skin to new bacteria.
Many products marketed toward oily skin are designed to dry it out. So, what products should you look for instead?
When you can, avoid harsh cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oil and interfere with your skin’s microbiome. If you wash your face with a cleanser and your skin feels tight or itchy afterward, your cleanser is likely drying out your skin.
Many foaming cleansers use oil-wicking ingredients like salicylic acid, retinol, or benzoyl peroxide. While these ingredients may work for some, they can also increase your risk for dry skin.
Instead, look for a cleanser that works with the natural balance of your skin and nourishes it instead of stripping it. If you haven’t already, we recommend trying a cleansing balm.
What Is a Cleansing Balm?
Cleansing balms are luxurious oil-based cleansers that work to dissolve makeup, dirt, and oil without overdrying your skin. Not only can they hydrate and nourish your skin, but they can also work well for all skin types, especially sensitive and blemish-prone skin.
How Does Cleansing Balm Work?
Cleansing balms use oil-based ingredients to naturally absorb excess oil on your skin without leaving it overly dry. This can help balance your skin’s natural oil production while also supporting its natural moisture.
While using oil to soak up oil may seem counterintuitive, oil-based ingredients are actually better at dissolving and absorbing oil-based impurities. Plus, cleansing balms are designed to leave oils and nourishing botanicals behind even after the debris is rinsed off. This can help support your skin throughout the day.
Which Oil Is Best for a Cleansing Balm?
Not all oils are the same, and not all cleansing balms are the same. For instance, mineral oil has occlusive properties, which means it might cause more harm than good on breakout-prone skin.
Occlusive oils sit on top of the skin, forming a barrier that can lock your excess oil against your skin. While occlusive oils can be useful ingredients in moisturizers, they aren’t a good solution for cleansing.
For cleansing purposes, look for plant-based oils that are packed with nutrients. These oils can support your skin’s microbiome while effectively removing dirt, oil, and makeup.
Our favorite oil to use in skincare is organic, extra virgin olive oil. Not only is this oil packed with fatty acids and phytonutrients, but it can also help support your skin while removing excess oil.
How Can Olive Oil Support the Skin?
Organic, extra virgin olive oil is a multitasking ingredient that draws its skin-loving properties directly from the ancient wisdom of Mother Nature.
This oil contains polyphenols that have natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. These natural compounds give extra virgin olive oil the ability to thoroughly cleanse the skin and remove impurities without the use of harsh chemical additives or surfactants.
Extra virgin olive oil is also rich in skin-quenching fatty acids and collagen-building peptides that can help calm irritation and restore skin to its original, balanced state. Plus, extra virgin olive oil is a natural humectant, which means it can draw moisture into your skin for lasting hydration.
Will Any Olive Oil Work?
Not all olive oils are created equal. At Furtuna Skin, we’re passionate about our organic, extra virgin olive oil, which we produce on our certified organic farm in Sicily.
Our olive oil is:
- Single origin. Our olives are grown on trees that have existed on our property for as long as 1,500 years. They’re grown in nutrient-dense soil and watered by a natural spring that flows from the Monte Barrau.
- Pampered during picking. Our olives are hand-picked just before they ripen to ensure that the nourishing phytochemicals are at their strongest.
- Extracted gently. Our patented Soundbath® technology is used to extract oils from the olives and integrate them into our skincare products. This is the most effective way to preserve every aspect of our rich, extra virgin oil.
Every ingredient you use on your skin matters. That’s why we craft our products using only the purest, richest ingredients sourced right from our regenerative farms. In particular, our wild-foraged, extra virgin olive oil is the starting ingredient of every one of our products, including our Cleansing Oil Balm.
Furtuna Skin Cleansing Balm
Your search for the perfect cleansing balm is over. Furtuna Skin’s Cleansing Balm is a blemish-fighting, skin-restoring, multi-tasking product that combines ancient, plant-based wisdom with modern, scientific knowledge and testing.
- Zero residues. Some cleansing balms can leave your skin feeling sticky; ours leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. Our triple texture technology allows our balm to melt into the skin on contact and lather for a formula that easily rinses away.
- Double-cleansing. Most oil-based cleansers require a “double cleanse” or secondary water-based cleanse. We combined those steps into one by adding organic olive leaf water to our balm. While our olive oil dives deep into your pores to cleanse, our olive leaf water can help remove dirt and debris on the surface of the skin.
- One balm, multiple benefits. Our cleansing balm is gentle but effective. You can use it to remove makeup, cleanse your skin, replenish natural lipids to hydrate your skin, balance pH, and support your skin’s microbiome. One product, less time, and more skin-loving benefits.
For blemish-prone skin, our cleansing balm can not only rid the skin of excess oil and dirt that could clog pores, but it also helps to keep skin balanced and reduce redness and irritation. We want you to feel comfortable in your skin.
The Future Is Furtuna Skin
Tired of battling blemishes with skin-stripping cleansers and oil-free everything? Give up harsh products for the health and wellness of your skin.
The future of skincare is regenerative and restorative, and Furtuna Skin’s scientifically-tested ingredients can support your skin naturally. Stop fighting your skin and start fortifying it with products made with sustainably-sourced plants and innovative solutions.
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