Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Potential Risks of Using Oil-Based Facial Cleansers

If you look in the beauty aisle of your local grocery store or pharmacy, you are likely to find several varieties of cleansers for your face, including the latest oil-based brands. It sounds gentle and natural, so shouldn’t it be a good option for your facial skin? Not necessarily. Certain oil-based products on your face can actually be very detrimental and here’s why:

  • They may not be as effective as you may think. Many women turn to oil-based cleansers in hopes of easily removing their make-up after a long, busy day. It turns out, these products may just be breaking up your makeup and moving it around in different areas of your face instead of properly removing it. Essentially, you are just adding oil to your leftover makeup and dirt.
  • They may not going “skin deep.” A good facial cleanser is able to exfoliate dirt and toxins from all layers of your skin. Unfortunately, oil-based cleansers typically just penetrate the top layer, where only the dead skin cells reside. It may be a gentle cleanser, but its doing a subpar job.
  • They can cause dryness. How can an oil-based product contribute to facial dryness? Oil based moisturizers and cleansers can seal in or smother you skin and inhibit your body’s natural process of hydrating your skin based on the surrounding humidity around you. The drying effect on your skin can be a double-whammy because dry skin leads to wrinkles and an aged appearance.
  • They can cause skin irritations and acne. Since oil-based cleansers don’t usually penetrate past the top layer of dead skin cells, it sits there and creates the perfect environment for acne-causing bacteria to accumulate.
  • They can sabotage the work of other facial products. If you’ve invested in a special anti-aging serum or other expensive products for your face, you could be wasting your money if you are using an oil-based facial cleanser every day. The oil essentially provides a layer of sludge that blocks those products from getting absorbed into the deeper layers of your skin.

Not sure which cleanser to use for your particular skin type? We can help. In fact, personalized skin care is what we specialize in at Olansky Dermatology Associates. Call our Atlanta area office today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 900 reviews

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!